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Cordyline australis

Cabbage Palm, Torbay Palm

This impressive Dragon Tree-relative from New Zealand is frequently found in the trade as Dracaena indivisa or Cordyline indivisa (which also is a proper species, but quite different). Small plants are popular as annual bedding plants whereas larger specimens are a frequent sight in humid, temperate climates all around the world. They are resistant to moderate freezes, take a lot of costal exposure, and are generally easy and rewarding to grow. In its native New Zealand, plants cean reach and age of several hundred years and grow to enormous dimensions.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I collected fresh seed from a tree in Lincoln, England, sowed shallowly in early Sept 2003. Left in a shady spot in cold greenhouse, germination started in about 30 days and continued in mild spells through Winter, temps normally day around 6 to 8C + or - a little, night sometimes not much less, occasional frost, one was to -9C, no damage! I have about 3 dozen plants still in same pot, (don't know how many sown but would say at least 50% germination). They are getting quite strong with up to 6 leaves about 10" tall, ready to pot up in March or later. The parent tree is green, but many seedlings have a red flush up stem and into leaves
Submitted on 18/02/2005 by Janet Rowley garymitsi@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Take polystir pot (soup pot) ,use medium (25% sand 75 %peat moss) and put the little seeds at the top cover with just 1-2 milimetres fine sand. Keep humid at room temperature (21-25 C) first leaf appear within 3 weeks.
Submitted on 18/02/2004 by phil C trachycarpus@swing.be

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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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