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Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Dwarf Poinciana

A small tree or shrub native to the tropics of the Americas with feathery foliage and beautiful, orchid-like, red-and-orange or yellow flowers that are held in long panicles. While evergreen in the tropics, it may be deciduous or partially so under cold or drought conditions. A popular, easy and fast growing ornamental for tropical and warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 10 and above. It will also grow in USDA Zones 9 and even 8 but will freeze back every winter.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Actually...these Caesalpinia can germinate in just a few days using the easy nick and soak method. And I do this for almost all my various types of tropical and subtropical seeds. It's very simple. STEP 1.....Just give the edge of the seed a good nick ( I use a Utility Knife with retractible razor) and toss the seed(seeds) into a cup of room temperature clean water. Refresh the water every 24 hours just for 48 hours. You should see that the seed has swollen up a bit and even the initial root might be visible. STEP 2..... Now take the seed out of the water and gently lay it on some lightly moist paper towel...and cover the seed with some moist paper towel too. STEP 3....Enclose it in a clear plastic container and check it every 24 hours. Probably in 2 days you will clearly see the root growing out. STEP 4.... Now gently remove it from the box with tweezers and plant it" half way deep" in a small pot in good indirect light. Be careful not to damage the root.Give it a light spray of water to help nestle it comfortably in the soil. That's it...that's all you do and your Caesalpinia will grow quite rapidly.
Submitted on 30/10/2013 by Marlena Fairbourne

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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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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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