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Yucca baccata

Banana Yucca

A small, short trunked or often trunkless Yucca with very hard, thick, bluish, deeply concave leaves. It is widely distributed over northern Mexico and the southwestern United States and is found in mountain areas up to 2400 m (7900 ft.). It is extremely hardy to frost and considered to possibly being the hardiest of all trunked Yucca. Slow but easy to grow and very ornamental, it can be highly recommended for the temperate garden. It prefers a dry climate and may need some rain protection in areas with humid winters.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate: I soaked the seeds 48 hours ,than in put them in small pots( 7 cm large)with a rich soil not too miost, covered with a plastic bag .They( the first plants) germinated at room temperature in 2 weeks!
Submitted on 14/01/2008 by Vasile -Andrei Grosu puiugrosu@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Cold Greenhouse in J.I. No 2 with added grit. Surface sow and lightly cover with grit. Full light and water once a week.
Submitted on 15/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
5 of 6 germinated in 4 weeks at 75 deg F
Submitted on 25/04/105 by John Beland mbeland@cox.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I put in the fridge for three weeks, then soaked them for one week. All 10 seeds began to sprout while still in water at 80 deg. Planted in 4 inch pots about 1/4 in deep. All ten broke ground in three days! the growth seems very fast.
Submitted on 17/11/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds purchased from rarepalmseeds.com. After seeds arrived I soaked them overnight in RO water. The next evening I placed seeds in 13x9" aluminum baking pan with plastic see-thru lid. Medium used was 40% canadian spagnum peat moss, 30% Miracle-gro potting soil, 15% sand, 15% vermiculite, and a small amt of watering crystals added to help retain moisture. Seeds planted 1/2-1 inch below surface of soil and then watered thoroughly with water mix containing miracle-gro liquid fertilizer & a rooting hormone. Germination started in 1 week! 100% germination in 10 days! Amazed at the fast growth of this plant! Temperature varied while in my garage in central florida during the month of Sept 2004. Avg temp around 90-100 degrees F in garage. After seedlings sprouted they were transplanted to 1 gallon containers using the same medium and adding 1/2 tsp of additional watering crystals to each gallon container. After transplanting seedling I thoroughly watered the containers with water mix as described above. Kept in garage with garage door only open 3-6 hrs a day for sunlight & fresh air. Will buy grow light to keep on them 14 hrs a day since garage door is kept shut most of the time. When soil appears dry I only water with plain water since Miracle-Gro potting soil provides slow release fertilizer in it. Seedlings are growing well and have about 4-5 shoots on each plant, but are still green and not white yet. Maybe about 3-4" high so far. Growing great!
Submitted on 11/10/2004 by Robin Reed robinreed@earthlink.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate under standard baggie method, beautiful plants very hardy first winter in cold greenhouse
Submitted on 22/03/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Lovely turquoise foliage very thick and curvy. Seeds extremely easy soaked for a few hours and into a steralised baggie of multipurpose, germ after a few days
Submitted on 15/03/2004 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In South Worcestershire in U.K. they need little care and grow slow.
There are 4 plants of this sp. growing in a very well drained raised bed in full sun. The medium is virtually soiless, being a mixture of sand and small stones. In the building trade in the U.K. it is called 'As Dug'. Because of it's free draining nature it does need fertiliser twice a year. A surface granular one is used. No watering is done, and no overhead protection given. They have been there two years and are now twice the size.
Submitted on 15/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

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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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