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Cordyline indivisa

Do not confuse this plant with the common Dracaena indivisa a.k.a. Cordyline australis of the plant trade. While the C. australis is commonly grown in mild temperate areas all over the world, the true C. indivisa is a rare and beautiful high altitude species from New Zealand. It is a tall and majestic plant with long leaves that can reach a width of more than 10 cm (4 in.), and in young plants are tinted yellow and orange. C. indivia prefers a moist, cool, even climate such as that of the Atlantic Coast in Europe or the Pacific Coast in the US and Canada. It will tolerate a little more cold and frost than C. australis but is more demanding to grow.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I presoak my seeds (changing water frequently) and transplant them in peat/vermiculite. The only reason I lost a single seedling was a fast cold-snap! They do not survive freezing!
Submitted on 22/01/2005 by Charmed Garden rps@charmedgarden.biz

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have had good results with C. indivisa germination by two methods. The first was to stratify the seed for about 6-7 weeks between layers of paper towel with moist sand, in the refrigerator. Then in December I planted them in a community pot in my greenhouse which is heated to about 10-15 C. 7 of 20 seeds sprouted. The other method was to simply sow the seeds outdoors in the fall and allow the stratification to occur naturally. The seeds began sprouting in March. However they did not grow as well as the other batch because the rain over the winter had leached all the nutrients out of the soil. I would say just bear in mind that C. indivisa should be given a long period of cold stratification. And one last thing, in both cases I crushed the black husks off the seed before sowing. On occasion entire batches of seed may be inviable for no explicable reason - this also happened to me once.
Submitted on 15/01/2004 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.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.

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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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