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Yucca elata

Soaptree Yucca

This mid-sized Yucca sports a short trunk that is clothed in a thick skirt of dried leaves. Exceptionally tall specimens can attain a height of up to 4.5 m (15 ft.). The numerous, pale green leaves are very thin and produce white fibers along their margins. The large inflorescence can reach more than 4 m (13 ft.) tall. Yucca elata is very cold hardy but needs excellent drainage and protection from winter rain in more humid climates. In the wild it is found in Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas and northern Mexico at altitudes between 850 and 1900 m (2800 and 6200 ft.)

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Surface sow on moist (not wet) gritty compost. Give a light overhead spray to wet the seeds and then place in a plastic bag. Place somewhere warm (75 - 85 F) and light. Most seeds should germinate within a fortnight, with many coming up within a week. Keeping the bag sealed after germination helps subsequent growth.
Submitted on 28/02/2004 by Bob Boatman bob_b@bsquared.demon.co.uk

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Bought from another vendor. Soaked seeds for three days, changing water daily. Placed in a reusable food container in Scotts cactus/succulent mix. Kept temperature between 75F-90F. 3 sprouts within two weeks.
Submitted on 01/02/2004 by Joe Ingrassia dingrassia@wi.rr.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.

We recommend:
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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