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Coccothrinax spissa

This unique palm comes from the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and has a very unusual, stout trunk that is usually massively swollen in the middle. It bears purple fruits and robust, fan-shaped, green leaves with silvery undersides. It is best suited to tropical climates and will be alright in warm temperate areas where it receives heat in summer and little or no frost in winter.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked the seeds by three days in tap water changing it every day. Seeds were planted into a disposable aluminum tray without drainages with a mixture of Pecan Shells, vermiculite, washed sand, molasses, and cottonseed meal, water was added to mixture until tighten substrate with the hands, hurled 3 drops of water. Tray was covered with a transparent plastic stock market very tighten. They stayed in my backyard underneath a tree getting indirect light. Seeds began to germinate in 19 days. Average temperature in this part of Dominican Republic was 28 degrees Celsius.
Submitted on 21/04/2006 by Candido Boris Pichardo borispichardo@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In hawaii in us they need very little care and grow fast.
I soaked first in Maxicrop, a fish fertilizer for three days changing recommended water to Maxicrop ratio daily and placed seeds in deep pots using a commercial potting soil. Within 2 months there was a 50% germination rate and the roots to 3 inches long within 4 months. Seedlings are under a 75% shade shade house.
Submitted on 17/12/2006 by Jane Freeman janefree0513@yahoo.com

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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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