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Brahea berlandieri

A beautiful and rarely seen Brahea from northeastern Mexico, where it inhabits steep rocky slopes and sheer limestone cliffs. Although quite variable in appearance, the typical form produces a stocky, ocasionally clustering trunk to 5 or 6 m (17 to 20 ft.) tall, topped by a compact crown of stiff, light green or bluish leaves. It can handle drought and severe freezes but must have full sun and a very well drained spot in the temperate or subtropical garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I seriously mistreated these seeds (10) before I knew how to do things correctly. Despite putting the seeds in regular peat potting soil (should have used straight pine bark) which stayed water logged all summer, one somehow germinated. I transfered it to a mixture of pine bark soil conditioner with some peat potting soil, and it has done well over winter in my garage under a grow lamp. Now that spring is here it is quickly putting out second leaf to match the first that is 12-inches long.
Submitted on 24/03/2005 by Mike, Raleigh mjpapay2002@yahoo.com

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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.

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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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