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Heliconia aemygdiana

This moderately large species is widely distributed over South America. It produces a very exotic, upright, spiraling inflorescence with rose-pink bracts and a yellowish base and rachis.

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...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
after the seeds were lightly sacrificated with fine sand paper, I soked them in worm water for 3 days( change the water every 12 hours)After that I put for 3 seeds in jiffy pot with steril soil in 10 l aquarium covered with plastic foil and put all on south sunny windowseal(temp was about 30 C). I controled humidity and temperature on a daylie basis.After 26 days the first and only (for now) seedling show up, some seeds just rot and for the rest I'm steel waiting to germinate.
Submitted on 14/09/2003 by Tomislav Dolencic tomislav.dolencic@zg.hinet.hr

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Treat like a banana, soak the hard seed for 3 days, keeping the water warm (i pop a plastic dish in to a heated propagator), alternatively you could refresh the water. After soaking, rub the seeds between two pieces of sandpaper. Plant in a mixture of 25% peat, 25% sand, 25% Perlite, 25% vermiculite. The mixture should be sterilised (i pop mine in the microwave). Once cooled, plant the seeds about half 2cm deep, and place in a warm propagator (about 30C). Germination normally takes about 7months - and so far, I have had 50% germination in this way. KEEP HUMID. Plants love humidity, I place place the seedlings in small pots on a gravel tray, covered with a propagator lid.
Submitted on 07/05/2003 by Richard Evans richard@exotic-gardening.co.uk

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
heliconia are usually fairly easy to germinate. I find I alway get good success if I follow these steps. First soak the seeds for two day and then plant a half inch deep in a mix of 50% sand 50% potting soil. Keep in a bright place (no direct sun yet though) and maintain a daytime temperature of about 30 degrees celsius. keep moist but no soggy. Usually the first signs of life will make an appearance in a week or so. If a couple of months pass without anything happening start to decrease the night time temperature slowly day by day until the night time temperatures hover around 25 degrees. Many heliconia are triggered by night time temperatures. Remember two that it is suspected that heliconia, as well as bananas could let out a something that prevents the germination of seeds close to them so plant each seed individually in a pot.
Submitted on 04/08/2003 by regan tourond regan@littlegreenthumbs.com

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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
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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.
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