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Serenoa repens Georgia Silver

Silver Saw Palmetto

This is a really special and exciting form of this popular american palm. They are from a relict population in central Georgia. They are wild, occurring on isolated sand dunes where ancient beaches used to be near the "fall line". They are a full sized glaucous plant. They are rarely available as they only set fruit heavily following warm winters. These are the most northerly, most inland population ever found, and extremely cold hardy. A unique opportunity, not to be missed!

The most choice of all the many different varieties of Serenoa, this superb form has large silver leaves, elevating it from the 'Florida weed' to something very special indeed. Additionally, it grows further north and further inland than most other Serenoa populations and, for the cold-hardy palm enthusiast, it is infinitely preferable to the regular 'tropical' form from down south. A limited number of seeds is available annually from this small population only, and they are not for sale from anyone else.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds were pre-soaked in warm water for 2 days.Sown in peat moss in clear plastic sandwich box with tight lid.The medium was kept moist all the time, temperature - 33-35d.C.First seed germinated on 23rd day, last one - 42nd day.Very easy germinator!
Submitted on 29/11/2002 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@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.

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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