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Delonix floribunda

A small to medium sized, dry deciduous tree native to dry forest in Madagascar with a thick, swollen trunk reminiscent of a baobab, a rounded crown and dense tufts of greenish yellow flowers.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate.
soak the seeds in hot water (50-60C) overnight, some seeds will respond within 24 hours, get darker in color, swell and start to "peel" and can be planted. For those that did not respond to the first treatment I go for a second round of hot water again for 24 hours, some more will respond. By the third day those that are Hard Headed are rubbed slightly on #400 sandpaper sideways till the inner brown seed coat is visible, be careful not to go all the way through to the embryo since they have already "softened" slightly from the two previous hot water soaks. Seeds that have responded will germinate within 2-3 days when planted 50mm under rich soil with the Micropyle tip pointing downwards in deep pots to ensure at least 1 season of uninterrupted growth...... Good Luck & Happy Growing.
Submitted on 29/08/2011 by Marwan El Azzouni, Egypt.

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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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