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Nolina parviflora

Small Flowered Beargrass Tree

A spectacular, tall, freely branching Beargrass Tree, superficially resembling a Cordyline australis but with a more robust habit and thicker trunk. Older plants develop a dense petticoat of old leaves below the crown, which in habitat is often burnt off by wildfires that leave fire-blackened, gnarled trunks. Despite being widespread in dry areas throughout the central Mexican states at altitudes around 2400 m (8000 ft.), it is, inexplicably, not widely cultivated.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy. No problems at all. (1) 1-part pea gravel mixed with 1-part compost. (2) Fill a broad, well-drained pot with the mix. (3) Spread seeds 2cm apart across surface. (4) Add another centimeter of mix. (5) Water in. Sew seeds in spring, or in autumn if greenhouse is available. Fertilizer = slow release 19 - 6 - 12. A GREAT plant. I've had one in my garden for years that was unharmed by 7F (minus 19C). Fabulous and highly recommended.
Submitted on 31/10/2010 by Mike Papay

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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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