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Dendrocalamus asper

A very large, vigorous timber bamboo, widely distributed from India and China to Malesia, with densely clustering culms to about 25 m (80 ft.) tall and 25 cm (10 in.) in diameter. The large shoots are edible and of high quality. Best suited for the tropics, USDA zone 10 and above.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak the seeds for an hour or more. I have found the best way is to use a clean plastic tray from a frozen entree and place a wet folded paper towel on the bottom - put seeds on this then cover with another wet folded paper towel. Make SURE the paper towels are wet but NOT drippy. I squeeze out the water until they will not drip before using them. Press the paper towel on the seeds for good contact then place in a zip-loc bag. I leave an opening in the side and blow the bag full of air before sealing to keep the plastic from falling on seeds. Place the bag in good light and a warm temperature like on top of a radio or usb hub or external hard drive for constant warmth. I think the bamboos need light to germinate. The paper towels are less likely to have fungus growth and you can check them easily to remove the seeds as they sprout for potting.
Submitted on 04/10/2013 by Dolores Testerman

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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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