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Coccothrinax fragrans

Fragrant Cuban Thatch Palm

A smallish palm native from eastern Cuba to Hispaniola, C. fragrans is generally similar to C. argentata, sporting dark green fan leaves with silvery undersides. It is a slow growing and robust palm, best suited to tropical and mostly frost free warm temperate climates and can take quite a bit of coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sown in Spring. 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 2 months but some appeared several months later. Germinated at warm temperatures (~ 80 degrees F) in bright sunlight. Good germination rate.
Submitted on 24/11/2011 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Of the 100 sds I ordered, only 85 looked viable. They were soaked for 5 days with daily water change. Then they were sown into a clear plastic box with a moist commercial seed mix. The day temp was in the mid 90F and the night about 80F. They started sprouting only after 14 days. The final count is 63/85 seedlings. I consider it a good percentage as the seeds I ordered were not fresh.
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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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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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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