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Phoenix reclinata

Senegal Date Palm

Phoenix palms have a terrible but well-deserved reputation for infidelity.. Grow them with any other Phoenix species and before you know it, what have you got? That's right, hybrid seeds. They may look the same, feel the same, even taste the same, but they will produce hybrid plants that may possibly have the WORST characteristics of both parents (you know, his hair and her nose?). Species that in nature are separated by thousands of miles, mountain ranges, or even oceans are planted within shouting (or at least pollen-blowing) distance from each other, therefore fairly encouraging hybridization. Since many seed collectors do their collecting in areas no more dangerous than the local botanic garden, its very easy for these hybrid seeds to find their way on to the market. They, in turn, go on to produce further hybrids, ultimately undoing what nature took millions of years to set up. Forgive the lecture, we just want to emphasize the importance of WILD-collected seeds, especially those of Phoenix. These P. reclinata, which we are pleased to offer, were collected from wild stands in South Africa at their southernmost distribution and are guaranteed pure. Can other seed dealers put their hands on their hearts and make the same promise? P. reclinata produces a large cluster of tall, slender trunks and a dense crown of elegantly arching leaves. It is a very robust plant and will succeed in tropical to warm temperate climates and withstand moderate frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Collect seed from a tree in the San Francisco ZooIt, easy to germinate just like the Date palm. Grow them in zip lock bag with a wet paper towel. Then roll the wet towel with seed in it, then place it in a bag. For 5 week the root have shown
Submitted on 09/11/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I put 22 seeds I have collected at the botanical garden "Marimurtra", Costa Brave, Spain; in a great mixture (without soaking) in my greenhouse at 20-27°C. After two months, 21 are germinated.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to grow. This species loves warm soil, because within a month of planting 10 seeds, all ten of seeds sprouted.
Submitted on 08/03/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
sowed fresh seeds direct in peat moss, temperature was about 90°F/30°C and almost 100% humidity. First seed sprout after 15 days.
Submitted on 06/05/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds taken from ripe fruit of this species in coastal South Africa were directly sown in garden soil at room temperature. Almost all germinated within 3 weeks. Once the divided leaves appear, this palm can be pretty fast growing.
Submitted on 25/01/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Placed cleaned seed in a 1 gallon freezer bag on top of moist spagnum moss. Put bag on a heating pad with two towels on top of it to regulate heat, pad set on low. The seeds began to germinate within two weeks and kept germinating over several months. Sprouts appeared about 1-1 1/2 months after germination.
Submitted on 01/01/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Extremely easy to germinate! In only 3 weeks almost 80 % germinated without any problems !! no pre-soaking or other "tricks"
Submitted on 02/06/2003 by www.Anaxotic.tk anakin@anaproy.homeip.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were germinated using the bag method with sphagnum peat. Seven out of ten seeds germinated three years ago. Then I changed residence and left the seedlings with a friend. Amazingly, the seedlings flourished with absolutely no care for three years, surviving 90+ degree heat and 25 degree freeze (9B). I recently obtained the plants (in their original quart containers) and planted them in the ground. They measure 24-28 inches and I plan to watch them grow more swiftly now that they are free of their containers.
Submitted on 18/03/2003 by Erik Johnson erik@precisionweb.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These seeds are unbelievably easy to germinate. They were thrown in a ziplock bag with a 50/50 mix of moist perlite and sphagnum moss, and kept at room temperature. Germination began within 2 weeks (100%). 6 weeks later the fronds are almost 2 inches tall! Of the 12 or so species purchased (and most with an "easy" germination rating by the way,) these were far and away the most simple and rapid.
Submitted on 15/04/2003 by Lance Widner jlwidner@earthlink.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
High percentage of germination starting at 6 weeks. Soaked seed 1 day.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to grow. I used bottom heat, and had a very high success and survival rate.
Submitted on 23/12/2002 by Van vandringar@hotmail.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.

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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