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Sabal rosei

Llanos Palmetto

This fine palm is from western Mexico where it is relatively common. The slim, straight trunk is either covered with a beautiful spiral pattern of small 'pegs' (the old leaf bases), or devoid of them altogether; in which case, there are clear scars where the old leaves have fallen. The slimness of the trunk imparts a somewhat heavy aspect to the spherical crown of strongly costapalmate, dark green leaves. Sabal rosei is easy to sprout and a fast and reliable grower. It can be successfully cultivated in nearly any climate, from temperate to tropical; it tolerates some drought; looks good even under coastal exposure; and will tolerate quite serious frosts.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to germinate. They should be cleaned and soaked in water and will come up about 4 - 6 weeks with bottom heat at 85F. They also germinate readily on the ground in zone 8 (Augusta, GA, USA)
Submitted on 25/04/2005 by Joe Le Vert jlevert@ix.netcom.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I used the baggie method with moist peat moss. In the beginning, I neglected the seeds by letting them soak in water for about 4 weeks, changing the water every 3 or 4 days. Whey they started to germinate in the water, I placed them in a 1/10 chlorine bleach solution for 20 minutes then rinsed the seeds and placed in a baggie. I placed the baggie in a hot washroom at the rear of the house that stays about 90 to 100 F during the day in the summer. I later transplanted 8 of the 10 seedlings that germinated into indiviual pots when the first shoot appeared after 2 months.
Submitted on 15/11/2005 by Greg Solorzano gyosolo@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked for 24 hours in water then placed in ziplock bag with lightly moistened sphagnam moss. placed on heating tray temp approx 25-30 c. after 16 days 90% germination
Submitted on 06/06/2005 by don findlay donjules@hotkey.net.au

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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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