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Cassia grandis

Pink Shower Tree

A medium-sized to large, dry deciduous tree to 30 m tall, native to Mexico, the Caribbean and northern South America. It has feathery foliage and a profusion of pink flowers appears when the tree is leafless during the dry season, followed by long, narrow seed pods. The wood is used for construction and the tree has numerous applications in traditional medicine. It makes a breathtaking ornamental for tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds and put them in ziplock bags with vermiculite outside here in Uganda. 8 germinated out of 12. A year later and the plants are growing strongly and have been plated out.
Submitted on 07/09/2013 by John Wright

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soak the seeds over night. rub any flesh that coats the seeds. planted the seeds in a mix of of 2/3 compost 1/3 perlite. placed the pots in the garden in partial shade. water regularly specially during dry weather. most seeds germinted within three months. some germinted even one year later! so don't discard pots if you don't see any germination. germination occured during a period of relative warmth 30- 35 degrees. repot as soon as you have two pairs of true leaves. place plants in full sun and water regularly.
Submitted on 05/10/2011 by A.Qader Jaffer

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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.

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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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