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Coccothrinax argentata

Silver Thatch Palm

A very pretty palm with a slender trunk and an open crown of deeply divided leaves with thin segments, dark green above and silvery white below. The Silver Thatch Palm is a slow but reliable grower and, with its small overall size, it will find room in any garden. It likes a position in full sun or light shade in a tropical or subtropical climate, and, once established, can endure quite some coastal exposure, dry conditions, and even the occasional short, light frost. Indoors it also makes a neat bonsai that can even be cultivated just on a piece of coral limerock, practically without soil!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Germinated in well-draining medium consisting of 80% sand and 20% fine organic mulch. Watered thoroughly twice weekly and germinated slowly over time. First sprout visible after 3 months but some appeared several months later. Germinated at warm temperatures (~ 80 degrees F) in bright sunlight. Germination efficiency for fresh seed was > 75%.
Submitted on 24/11/2011 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
placed in deep glass tank filled with peat and 2 inches of vermiculite on top, plenty of bottom heat of around 25-30c, first one sprouted after 1 month, last one popped after 4 months!
Submitted on 05/08/2004 by Vic Silver vic.s@breathe.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Abaco in Bahamas they need very little care and grow slow.
I grow this plant outside under dry tropical conditions on the coast. Grows well on calcareous soil with little to moderate organic content. Do not mulch close to trunk as this will ultimately lead to trunk damage and death of tree under wet condtions. Tolerates heat and drought well when established as well as some exposure to salt. This is a lovely slim trunked tree that looks particularly nice planted in clumps of three or more.
Submitted on 24/11/2011 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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