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Trithrinax campestris

Surely this palm has the stiffest leaves of any! It is a "once seen, never forgotten" species that will grow in a wide range of climates, tolerating both desert heat and intense cold. Probably the most durable palm on earth! Its leaves are quite blue in color and stiff as sheet metal, and its trunk is covered with an intricate network of old leaf bases, recognizable by touch alone! One of the most distinctive of all palms, and one that everyone will want to have in their collections. We now have premium quality seeds available at an all time low price. You won't find a better deal anywhere.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked my seeds for 48 hours and then put them in a box with potsoil on top of my refrigerator (25C), after 2 months I put them in my Greenhouse (30C), in the same box, and after another month they started to germinate, now they are growing in separate pots.
Submitted on 14/05/2009 by Per

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Hello, my name is johan and I bought 8 a 10 weeks ago seed of tritrinax campestris.I first put them 2 days in the refrigerator and soaked them than 2 days in water.Then i saw them in a heated box with a constant temperatur of 23 a25°c.And now today I looked and yes!!!! the first one is comming out.I will keep you informd about the germinated percentage of my 200 seeds.Good luck to you also!
Submitted on 30/11/2002 by johan boeckmans johan.boeckmans@pandora.be

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seeds of this species need time and heat to germinate, but are worth it. I soak them for about 36-48 hours at 70 degrees F before planting, and use a method like the plastic zip-lock bag method. I pregerminate the seeds in 50% perlite and 50% milled sphagnum moss, squeezing free water out of the mix. They like heat and I put them in the garage in summer, where they can have nights from 75-85 degrees F, and days up to 95 or a bit more, check them every few days˜several can come out at once and these should be removed to a new container. To help keep them hydrated I pull them out and soak them overnight in distilled water every 3 months or so. Those that donét germinate by cool weather are brought indoors and put on top of the refrigerator. Germination can take a year or more.
Submitted on 28/12/2002 by Joe Shaw jshaw1953@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I bought 100 seeds from some guy in Argentina and all I did was put them in a shallow clay pot in some potting soil (covered with about one inch of soil) and placed the pot in a rather cool room in the house. Only one sprouted in spring and two more over the summer, but the next spring most (if not all) the other seeds germinated. Now if I can only find out how to speed up their growth...
Submitted on 20/11/2002 by Rob Garren robgarren@hotmail.com

...need more than 1 year to sprout.
I did not have any more space over bottom heat, so I put them in a sealed plastic bag with some moist perlite, at room temperature (about 68F/20C). After more than one year, they started germinating. More seeds are still sprouting after more than two years. I suspect they might have germinated much faster with bottom heat, but this worked fine also. The leaves are so prickly that they poked holes in the plastic bag.
Submitted on 12/11/2002 by Ian Barclay margate@angelfire.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In amsterdam in Netherlands they need average care and grow normal.
here in uithoorn, the netherlands, zone 8/9 is a trithrinax c. which grows amazing!!!the summers maximum average is here 21 degrees celcius and in winther 5 degrees celcius.a wet climate with 700-1000mm of rain each year.the palm stands in clay.this year the summer was bad, but still he maded I think aruond 15 beautiful big silver leaves extra, it's a really amazing palm for here!in winter he gets a little protection, just some christmas lights around the stem.
Submitted on 29/12/2007 by d.b. daen---lollig.gainig@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.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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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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