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Macrozamia communis

For its gracefulness and ease of cultivation, this species is undoubtedly the most popular in its genus. It forms a dense, rounded crown of dark green, feathery fronds and a thick, short trunk with age. This cycad thrives in shade or full sun and in subtropical as well as temperate regions, where it can resist considerable exposure to frost.

 
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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
this one of australias easiest cycads to germinate,soak seeds for 2 to 3 days and plant in seed raising mix to depth of seed and place in cool dark place and bammm they sprout,or otherwise place in abag with seed raising mix and spaghnum moss and palce dark place and same will happen and then enjoy the ride.
Submitted on 03/09/2010 by graeme ellis

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I've found that this is a very easy and quick species to germinate, with mos seeds in the batch germinating in a month or a little over. I sow thw seeds in coarse grained perlite, placing the seed with the long axis vertical and the wider end buried in the perlite and the opposite end exposed. I place in a heated propagator at a temperature of 25-30c ad intermittently mist the seed to keep moist, but not wet. I ventilate the seeds to ensure air movement and remove excess wetness. The key points are to keep the seeds warm and just damp, but not wet, and to allow air movement around the seed, which the perlite should ensure. I would advise against using vermiculite as this can become clogged when wet and can induce rotting. After a month regularly carefull remove the seed and check for signs of germination. When the root emerges immediately repot into a deep pot filled with extremely free draining gritty cactus compost, to allow sufficient depth for the deep tap root to grow down, and keep damp but not wet.
Submitted on 17/01/2009 by James Barnet

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy 80% germinated within 2 months in mix of sand & perlite and peat moss (1/1/1) in 42°C. ;)
Submitted on 01/08/2005 by Hamad Alfalasi hmalfalasi@gmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First I cut shell off very carefully. Then sowed on pot of soil, with the seed laying on it's side. With bottom heat it seemed to germinate quickly.
Submitted on 22/01/2005 by Kyle Whitney kylewhitney2003@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked 2-3 days in warm (80F / 25C) water changed daily, then to baggies with barely moist coconut fiber kept at 30C / 90F. Transplanted out when shoot 1 inch / 2.5cm long.
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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

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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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