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Phoenix acaulis

An oddly attractive dwarf Phoenix that grows a rotund, semi-subterranean, suckering trunk and short pinnate leaves with thin leaflets. Suitable for growing in a wide range of climates, from temperate to cool tropical, and especially ideal for the smaller garden or, indeed, a hot dry and bright conservatory where its unusual form can be admired. It can also be used as an unusual ground cover. These are seeds from wild, not cultivated, plants so are guaranteed to be pure and not hybridized as so many commercially offered Phoenix seeds are.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soakt the seeds for 48 hours in 25 degre c hot water. put in a box with peat, within 14 days the first germmitated
Submitted on 01/05/2009 by Kasper Klausen

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate, Phoenix palms are a great start for beginers. I picked up 100 seeds from RPS and used the standard 50/50 mix ziplock bag method. Within 4 weeks I had at least 50% germination. Put the bag on top of the water heater to speed things up. They are still germinating but I exspect at least an 85% germination rate.
Submitted on 15/01/2005 by Ed Mijares ed.mijares@boeing.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1000s Seeds were collected from 8 garden trees. soak 12 hours , wash in fungicide.Batch A = Baggie method. Batch B = wetter in polystyrene box, Batch C = normal moisture in Polystyrene box. Batch D = Potting mix .Batch ABC were 50 % perlite remainder coco fibre. All were kept on bottom heat. A & B germinated and sprouted very well and in 3 months all sprouts were up and well. A sprouts pierced through the bag. B sprouts were shorter and immediately became leaves 2 weeks much sooner than A. Labour in transplanting A and handling losses is what promoted my experiment to community box B with all roots growing together. I leave them like this until very late 2 years. Older plants of 10mm thick I have good success at bare rooting and transplanting into pots. Whilst younger seedlings suffer more handling losses and labour costs. C was germination erratic, slower, less productive in germination and proved that quite wet conditions are needed. D was amazing at how many creepy crawlies come alive sealed in heat and moisture. No obvious fungus but poorer results comparable to C. Conclusion A & B are best methods, keep warm and almost wet. A wonderful versatile plant handsome from seedling to adult with many uses, One can simply not have too many.
Submitted on 15/09/2004 by David Herbert rocmade@iinet.net.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I followed the germination instructions by soaking the seeds in water for 3 days prior to sowing. I used 100% peat moss in a plastic zip-lock bag. Bright light and temperature at 70'F. Thick taproot noted after 21 days. Greens tips emerged 18 days later. Looking forward to its unusual form.
Submitted on 15/04/2004 by Kevin Banger kevin.banger@sympatico.ca

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
You almost can't fail - soak the seeds for three days, changing the water daily. Then put them in damp vermiculite (take a handful of vermiculite and if you can only sqeeze out a couple of drops of water then thats about right) Finally I put them in an airtight box in a thermostatically controlled propagator at about 75F. The first seed produced a root after 4 days and all had germinated after 8 days.
Submitted on 17/11/2003 by Peter O'Connell little_ocky@yahoo.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy of germinating. The germination begins in 11 dayss, with 100% of result 15 days after sowing. The seeds were 2 days soaked in water, changed several times and they were sowed in sphagnum moss, in plastic bags. Temperature average about 30º C.
Submitted on 08/08/2003 by joão carlos geraldo jcgeraldi@uol.com.br

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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
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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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