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Coccothrinax barbadensis

Silver Thatch

With trunks up to 15 m (50 ft) tall, this fine species is one of the tallest, fastest, and most robust in the genus. The big, circular leaves have up to 60 flexuous segments and are a beautiful silvery-gray below. C. barbadensis is widely distributed in the Caribbean and will do well in subtropical and tropical climates. It can take considerable coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soked the seeds in warm water for three days and changed water every day. Then put in the ziplock bag with mix of the 50% sphagnum moss and 50% large sand. Temperature was between +25-30C. After 4 weeks germinated the first seeds and by the week 6 the most seeds. Then I planted them in the same mix in the small palm boxes 5x5x12cm (from www. palmperpacket. de) with heating from below and with light. They will be growing in conteiners in Estonia. Good luck everybody!
Submitted on 04/01/2009 by Kalev Pärtna

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds placed in plastic bag with pit+sand, at 25-30°C, 100% germination within 2 months. Seedling growing very slowly.
Submitted on 13/04/2002 by Ted W. Baer tedwbaer@urbanet.ch

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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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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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