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Delonix pumila

Dwarf Poinciana

This dry deciduous dwarf tree from Madagascar grows a short, thick trunk and a spreading crown with pinnate foliage that only reaches 3 m tall. The attractive flowers are white and yellow.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Delonix pumila is extremely easy to germinate providing the seed is viable. Simply nick the seed to break the hard seedcoat and drop into a glass of water for 24-36 hours. You will see that the seed will swell after 24 hours. Pour off this water and refresh it. At this point you can let it sit in the water for another 12 hours or so. Next step is to put them on some moist paper towel and cover them . The root should start to push out in 12 hours and the seedcoat should be splitting down the side. If you can gently squeeze the cotyledon free from the seedcoat it should just pop out. Put it into the water again for a rinse. Discard the seed coat. Carefully insert the root into the soil and expose the cotyledon to the fresh air. Spay lighty to set the seed firmly in the soi. Give warmth and bright light. You're done.
Submitted on 17/07/2012 by Marlena Fairbourne

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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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