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Telfairia pedata

Oyster Nut or Queen’s Nut

This vine from the pumpkin family from eastern Africa is the source of an exquisite nut known as oyster nut: a large, flat nut that rivals almonds in flavor intensity with a taste somewhere between a macadamia and a pumpkin seed. The vines are vigorous perennials that grow very quickly and start producing after about one and a half years. They are dioecious, so male and female plants are required to produce fruits. The fruits ripen in about 4-6 months from the time of flowering and ripe fruits gradually split open to reveal the awesome seeds. With its large leaves, it is also a desirable ornamental. Strangely, it is hardly known outside of its native range.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds germinate 2-3 weeks after planting. But plants are best grown, and fast too, from cuttings taken from the woody vines which sprout within one to two weeks of planting in soil.
Submitted on 16/09/2012 by Bosa Okoli

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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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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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