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Beaucarnea recurvata

Pony Tail

Well known as a robust house plant all around the world, the Pony Tail Palm from Mexico can actually reach tree-like dimensions with age. It forms a huge, inflated base, out of which several slender, branched trunks arise. The numerous leaves in the fountain-like crown can reach a length of 1.5 m (5 ft.). It is best suited to subtropical/warm temperate areas with only light frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
seeds placed in water slightly warmer than tepid. put in airing cupboard at 28 degrees. water changed daily. after 2 days using a ziplock bag put in some fresh vermiculite and pour a small amount of boiling water on top and allow to cool. squeeze out any excess water and put the seeds on top of vermiculite, zipped and placed back in airing cupboard at 28 degrees. after a week 90% germinated. these seeds love heat and minimal water.
Submitted on 12/06/2009 by nick davis

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were placed of sauce by 4 hours in lukewarm water, later they were placed to germinate with a medium temperature of 26 C. germination of 80% in the first months
Submitted on 21/07/2003 by Paulo Mário pamario@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I started my beaucarnea recurvata in small plastic green houses using vermiculite as a germination medium. I started the germination period on May 02, 2003. I found the first signs of sproutinglast night ( June 17, 2003) 6.5 weeks. I live in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. These small green houses were kept outside, with 100+ degrees nearly everyday, with directsun for 3.5 hours per day.
Submitted on 18/06/2003 by David david.cook@honeywell.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
If planted very fresh the seeds are very easy - expect 95% germination. Seeds over three monts old may give very variable results, good one time nothing the next.
Submitted on 12/07/2003 by one of our visitors

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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