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Sabal etonia

A low growing Sabal, often with a subterranean, or, at best, shortly erect trunk. It is frequently seen on waste ground and vacant lots, though there are significant populations in various national parks, in central and southern Florida. Its small, bushy appearance and its tough and hardy character makes it a very suitable choice for the smaller temperate garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I personally collected fresh seed allowed them to cure (dry) for 2 months. I then clean them and sowed them in a seven gallon pot, out doors in Zone 7b, that contained 60% organic (pine bark) and 40% perlite and with regular watering achieved a result near 100% germination in the first warm month in spring
Submitted on 19/04/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
This species has germinated well probably 60% the frist year,20 the second year and 10% the thrid year. Seeds were sown from soil surface to 2" deep directly into a seed bed of rich dark black soil 1' deep. They were exposed to zone 7 temps.
Submitted on 11/08/2004 by snakeman thegreenplantmarket@charter.net

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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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