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Pitcairnia bifrons

A small, terrestrial bromeliad found in elfin shrublands on steep slopes and ridges in the lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It has strap-like leaves and an upright, usually unbranched inflorescence with attractive red or yellow flowers. In cultivation it adapts well to tropical and warm temperate climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Pitcairnia seeds are generally all treated in the same way. First I get a deep, plastic take-away container with holes drilled in the base. This is half filled with a 50/50 mix of peat moss and quinkin rock (well mixed) and pressed down firmly. The container is dipped in a bucket of water with a small amount of anti-bacterial baby solution, widely available in supermarkets. This will prevent fungal growth. The water must be allowed to soak into the mix slowly so as not to seperate the peat to the top. The seed is then spread evenly across the top of the mix and then sprayed with the anti- bacterial solution, whish I get from the bucket, to drench the seeds. The lid is placed firmly on to the container and is placed into a position with plenty of light, preferably in a shade house. I check the container once or twice a week to check for fungas growth, foreign plants (weeds), and to make sure the container is not too wet or dry. This allows a small amount of air flow as well. If it is too dry and/or there is fungas, I spray with the anti-bacterial solution. If too wet, I dry off the condensation and check more often. The new plants must be looked after this way untill they are well established , up to 10-20mm as fungas or a stray ray of sunshine can decimate a container. I usually get very good germination this way. Once they reach the lid, it can be removed to allow the plants to grow freely and potted out once they are 50mm - 100mm high
Submitted on 23/04/2013 by Stuart Howe

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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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