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Yucca brevifolia

Joshua Tree

A very distinctive tree Yucca and a typical species of the Mojave desert in Califonia, Arizona, Nevada and northwards to Utah. Older plants form a sturdy trunk that supports many crowns with typical spikey, bluish leaves. The Joshua tree is very cold hardy and takes severe freezes with ease but, being a true plant of the desert, it prefers drier climates and is difficult to keep alive in cool, wet conditions.

 
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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I planted 8 seeds of brevifolia. Using a mix of soft loam , sand , vermiculite and perlite. 7 seeds germinated on a heat bed at 25dg celcius under lights within two weeks. Once germinated moved to outdoor shade house (in Melbourne , Australia) where groth has been quite rapid. Have photo's for those interested.Using the same method on other Yucca species has also had identical sucess.
Submitted on 30/10/2012 by Damien Beckwith

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
it is very easy to germinate. few years ago I tryed it, with success of 90 % of seeds that germinate. I soak it in wather for one day, and put it in soil on my window bench inside the house. temperature was around 25 C, and less than a month it appear the 1st leaf. next 3 months it growed very well and it had 4 to 6 leaves. few of mine died because of some fungus that killed 30 % of it, in age of 3 months. my advice is to plant it in sterile soil, to have no problems.
Submitted on 19/04/110 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds were sown, 5 germinated within 14 days, the rest havent shown up yet (3 months)
Submitted on 13/01/2005 by Frank Fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Plant under 1/8 to 1/4 inch of dirt, keep soil moist, ok if soil is wet sometimes, keep soil most until leaves form. Does not need high temps. to sprout, will sprout in room temp, or even cooler 65 deg. Seems to grow better with out acidic potting soil. Should sprout in 3- 10 days.
Submitted on 05/12/2004 by Aaron Aggeler aaroag@wmconnect.com

...very easy to germinate.
This was so so easy to germinate. I soaked seeds in warm water (in thermos flask) for 24 hours, then placed between damp paper towel which was then placed in a ziplock bag. For heat, I used a cardboard box suspended about 2 feet from a heat vent. 4 out of 6 seed germinated in 3 days.
Submitted on 09/04/2004 by one of our visitors

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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

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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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