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Dasylirion texanum

Texas Sotol

A smaller species from southern Texas and northern Mexico that has a dense crown of light green, narrow leaves with thorny margins, carried on a short trunk. An easy, adaptable and rewarding plant to grow, the Texas Sotol is one of the hardiest in this genus and will grow almost anywhere as long as it gets a well drained spot in full sun.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I sprinkled the seed on a bed of perlite and then lightly covered them. I watered once with a banrot solution and then watered once every 1 or 2 days. These flats of seed are kept in a greenhouse at about 80 F. They should begin to sprout in a few weeks and continue to come up for a while. It did not matter if they were soaked overnight, but helps to speed the process up a little.
Submitted on 05/04/2005 by Bill Bancroft_bill@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
We collected the seed from wild plants in San Antonio. The seeds were then soaked with captan solution for about ten minutes. We then sprinkled the seeds over an open tray filled with perlite and then sprinkled a very fine layer of perlite on top. This tray was then put into a greenhouse and kept moist (NOT WET) by an irrigation system. Good air circulation will also keep them from rotting.
Submitted on 18/02/2005 by one of our visitors

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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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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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