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Sabal mexicana

Texas Palmetto

Its local common name, "Palma de Sombrero," suggests one of the uses of this handsome species in its native Mexico, where it is one of the most common and widespread of all the palms. Its general range is very large also, extending from Texas right down through Mexico, and continuing through central America as far south as Nicaragua. Its trunk is, as a rule, covered with old leaf bases giving it a rather stout appearance, and it carries a dense crown of dark green, strongly arching leaves. Altogether a bold, robust and very cold hardy species and a delight to see.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked these things for about 5 days in warm water. Put them in plastic food containers surrounded by moist spaghnum moss and placed them on top of my fridge for bottom heat. Sprouted a week later.
Submitted on 11/05/2005 by Jeremy Jones jeremyisgood78@comcast.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This specie grow up in 4 month. I seedling it in a great mixture and took it at 20/28°C. 70% of my seeds are grow up.
Submitted on 18/03/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki philippe.chomicki@wanadoo.fr

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
50% germination, soaked with warm water for 3 days. Placed in heated greenhouse tray in moist cocopeat. Moistened as needed with fungicide. Took about 4 weeks for these seeds to germinate.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very reliable germinators. They need heat to sprout well, like all Sabal.
Submitted on 23/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These seeds germinate very easily within 1 to 2 months if temps are kept between 85 and 95 deg.F. The sabal mexicana here in Central Texas grows about 2 to 3 timesfaster than the Florida Sabal or Cabbage Palm with seed I have tested over the last 3 years.
Submitted on 30/05/2003 by jim trevarthen kb5ykh@yahoo.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.

We recommend:
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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