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Yucca aloifolia

Spanish Dagger

A well known and popularly cultivated Yucca, native to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and to much of the Caribbean. It forms a solitary or mildly branching, fairly slender trunk, the leaves are short, rigid, dark green and have a very sharp terminal spine. It grows reasonably fast and is well suited to temperate as well as tropical gardens.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Nothing to it. Just plant about 2 cm deep and 3 cm apart in a community pot. Place in a warm area (about 25 C). Stand back!About 90% germination.
Submitted on 22/02/2007 by Mike Papay mjpapay2002@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinates within 2 weeks. Needs a moist and warm enviroment around 25 deg C, best with bottom heat. Young seedlings grow very fast and tolerate neglect.
Submitted on 18/04/2003 by Marian Kubes maros@ltc.sk

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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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