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Phoenix iberica

Described in 1997 by Spanish botanists Rivera, Ríos and Obón, this species has subsequently been widely treated as a synonym of P. dactylifera. In the light of P. dactyliferas enormous variability, this seem justified from a taxonomic point of view, but horticulturally it will be worth keeping separate. One of its main distinguishing features are its curiously short and compact flower stalks, but its main claim to fame are the bright yellow or orange leaf stalks that make it a highly desirable ornamental. It will thrive under the same conditions as the common date palm and perhaps be even hardier, considering its Spanish origin.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Just treat them as Ph. dactylifera or Ph. canariensis seeds. They will germinate with temperatures of 25-30ºC, and put on up to 4 leaves during the first growing season. Keep in mind that roots will quickly reach the bottom of shallow pots, so if it is possible for you, sow the seeds in 20-30 cm pots or transplant the seedlings when they have two or three leaves.
Submitted on 04/03/2008 by Carlos Jimenez carles_jbox@yahoo.com

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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.

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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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