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Copernicia alba

One of many palms so numerous in the wild and yet so rare in cultivation, it is a mystery why it is not more widely grown. Tall and elegant with a blue colouration to the leaves, especially in young plants, it is worth any special effort to obtain. Germination is easy and subsequent seedling growth is rather fast. When its many qualities are taken into account, its popularity must surely increase. Best for warm temperate, subtropical and dry tropical ares.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received 10 seeds and planted them, using the plastic bag method, in a 50% coco fiber 50% pumice soil mix. Them moistened the medium, avoiding to over water. 1 month later 8 seeds germinated! This is a must for any starter.
Submitted on 26/12/2007 by Luis Diego G ldgarcia27@gmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have received 100 seeds of this plant together with coppernicia Bayleyana and i treat them with the same method. On the day i received the seeds, I put the seeds into a container of warm water for a couple of hours. After that I put the seeds on a 100% sand, give a little bit of water until the upper part of the sand is wet and put coco peat on top of the container in order to maintain humidity. I keep on watering the container everyday, but only to keep it moist, not too wet! After 20 days, all of the seeds have sprouted well.
Submitted on 17/08/2007 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
ordered 20 seeds, have 16 germinated in 60 days at 70 to 75 degrees F in 50/50 peat and vermiculite. very long tap root..germinated in 10 inch conetainers and they are out the bottom by 3 to 8 inches. will plant in the area in the spring.
Submitted on 13/01/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received 20 seeds from a cultivated specimen in Central Florida and immediately soaked them for three days in warm tap water. No other treatments were made to the seeds before sowing them in the standard 50-50 peat moss/perlite mix in one gallon / 4 liter black nursery pots. The seeds were left to the elements during summer in Central Florida (hot and rainy). First seed germinated in two weeks, all had germinated within a month. This species seems to devote much of its time after germinating to producing a deep root system, so take care to provide them with enough room.
Submitted on 29/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After 25 days all the ten seeds were sprouted. Theseeds were kept at 28°C.
Submitted on 02/04/2003 by Sergio Quercellini squercellini@tiscali.it

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
just needs bottom heat and a long-presoak. You can actually see the seeds swell with water.
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by bob kreisher rkreishe@chuma.cas.usf.edu

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked 4 days in warm water (80F / 25C) then to baggies with barely damp coconut fiber. Transplanted one by one to communal pot when shoots about 1 inch / 2.5cm long, just covered with soil mix (25% coconut fiber, 25% loam, 50% pumice), kept warm and barely moist in full sun for half the day.
Submitted by Leo Martin leo1010@attglobal.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have used the classic way for all palms seeds. Soaked of 4 days, changing water daily and then sown singularly in liners, as this species is known to have a high rate of germination
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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