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Sabal bermudana

Bermuda Palmetto

While generally similar to the closely related S. palmetto, this medium-sized, robust, stocky species, which is native only to the Island of Bermuda, forms a sturdy trunk that will rarely reach more than 10 m (33 ft.) tall. In addition, the broad, rigid leaf segments, the leafblade split to only to about half its length, and the comparatively large, slightly pear-shaped fruits readily distinguish this palm. Sabal bermudana is still occasionally seen in cultivation under the names S. beccariana, S. princeps or S. blackburniana. A very easy and adaptable palm that will grow in temperate areas just as well as in the tropics and can take a good amount of frost and cold.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
As with most all Sabals I have had great success with this species germinating for me under less than desirable conditions. In a bed that consisted of pure red damp clay. This species can up with a very high percentage, around 98% is my best estimate, along with S. palmetto, S. minor, S. louisiana, and S. etonia to a lesser degree of germination. Full sun and only natures rain was provided.
Submitted on 23/05/2006 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted seeds in plain old potting mix a half inch (like 1 cm) deep and they sprouted roots in a few weeks, with the first leaves a month or two later. Super easy and reliable germination, no special methods neccessary. One thing to note: Just make sure the soil doesn't completely dry out.
Submitted on 18/01/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy palms to sprout, they where colected fresh and i had 90% germination rate. easy palm but slow grower. beatyful big leafed palm
Submitted on 30/01/104 by joao capelo bidwilli@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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