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Pseudophoenix vinifera

Buccaneer Palm

Immediately recognizable by its greatly swollen stem, it is a rewarding, though slow, species to grow in the tropical or subtropical garden. Even young plants are extremely valuable, and if you want a retirement fund, plant a hundred of them right now!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
In south Florida I have tried two different methods of germinating, removing the fruit and hard outer shell or just placing them in a planter whole. By far the best is removing the fruit and outer shell. Soak the seeds a day or three and remove the fruit, it will stink if the water is not changed daily. Then allow the seeds to dry out a few days and roll them with a brick to crack open the shell. If you don't remove the shell, you could wait and wait and wait for sprouts. If done correctly, you will see sprouts with in 6 to 8 weeks, possibly 4 weeks. If 50% of your sprouts go green, your lucky. It is a fussy germinator even with the best of conditions. The little sprouts can handle cool temps and fairly dry conditions, but not a freeze.
Submitted on 13/10/2009 by Rush Bowles

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Clean the fruit carefully and carefully try to scratch the surface with a knife. Presoak 1-3 days in warm water. Keep moist at 25- 30°C. Use Pots with 10 cm diameter for better results. Usually 50-80% germination quota after 1 month
Submitted on 31/07/2005 by bin gulaita friend b-88888@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I don't know ANYTHING about germinating seeds but am experimenting with these seeds as well as a couple others that I bought from this company. I placed them in a ziplock bag with some Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil and placed the bag on top of my water heater. It has been less than two weeks and I already have 4 seeds with a cm long root. Call it dumb luck or super viable seeds but I am ready to start moving the seeds into pots.
Submitted on 28/11/2004 by Leo Casanas llcasanas@att.net

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
relatively difficult to germinate, like most other pseudophenix. i have had the best luck germinating seeds of p. vinifera by putting them bags filled with a mix if peat and perlite, then hanging them up in my garage. most seed will germinate within 2-4 months depending on freshness and on occasion up to 6
Submitted on 05/10/2004 by scott cohen scohe003@fiu.edu

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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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Suitable for: all

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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