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Dasylirion wheeleri

Desert Spoon, Blue Sotol

A large species, native to the southeastern USA and northern Mexico that forms a robust trunk to about 1.5 m (5 ft.) tall and has a large crown of straplike, thorny, blue leaves. It demands a well drained, sunny site and is very hardy to drought and even severe freezes.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to grow! Didn't use any type of stimulant for the seeds. Simply threw them in some wet potting soil and covered them with another inch worth of potting soil and watered them in very good. Took about 2-1/2 months for them to pop out of the ground. I am glad i planted two pots with about 10 in each one. I made a deadly mistake that should not happen to you. I tried to transplant them when they were just one long grass looking thing popped out ouf the ground about 9 inches. Well they all died. The other pot has it's 10 still growing and now they are on there second year and they are really starting to toughen up and become very pretty plants. Its something you don't see everyday in the USA that is for sure.
Submitted on 30/11/2007 by mj centralauctions@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Jiffy pots kept at 75 deg F. of 8 seeds, 2 germinated in 3 weeks, 3 more in 5 weeks
Submitted on 25/04/105 by John Beland mbeland1@cox.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I first soaked these seeds overnight then placed them into a bag of slightly moist multipurpose compost that had first been steralised in the microwave for a couple of minutes. The bag was then placed next to the boiler and all of the seeds had germinated within a couple of weeks.
Submitted on 18/04/2003 by Lou Smith dia.smith@ntlworld.com

...very easy to germinate.
These seeds were very easy to germinate I soaked for a day then put into a pot of pre-steralised (microwave) compost,and put in a placcy bag within a short period the seeds germinated and were left together in the pot as they are like grass blades. The plants grow slowly but steadily.
Submitted on 06/08/2003 by one of our visitors

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In Stara Zagora in Bulgaria they need very little care and grow very fast.
very easy to germinate.I soaked the seeds for 2-3 days,then put into a pot with perlit and little cocofibres.After 2-3 days the seeds germinated and now after 2 weeks they are 7-8 sm h. I keept the pots at 24deg.C (75deg.F).I'm so hapy.Luck! Toni,Bulgaria,27.10.2007
Submitted on 27/10/2007 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.

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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