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Yucca filifera

One of the largest and most popular Yuccas, this species from northeastern Mexico can reach a height of about 10 m (33 ft.) tall. The massive trunks are tall and solitary at first and start branching with age. The rigid leaves form a compact crown. It will tolerate light to moderate freezes and is best suited to warm temperate/subtropical areas.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The first one sprouted 9 days after planting. I started the same as the palms - in a ziplock bag with damp peat moss and left it in the shade outdoors with temperatures in the 20 - 25 C in the day and 15 - 18C at night and then moved into its own pot.
Submitted on 06/03/2013 by Janet Ready

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These need patience; very slow growing. Mine took months to germinate, and a few years before large enough to transplant outdoors at 6" to 8" tall. While small it just looks like grass and subject to someone mistakenly throwing away. My seeds were taken from a healthy wild plant.
Submitted on 14/11/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I aquired one of my yucca filifera seeds from my park.This yucca species to me is very easy to grow from seed, but, takes a very long time to reach a good height. Germination takes up to one month, and this particular species likes warm weather.
Submitted on 15/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Southwest Devon in England they need very little care and grow slow.
I grow Yucca filamentosa in my back and front garden. They do not seem to be fussy because in my back garden, one is in full sun all day while another in my front garden is in shade for most of the day. They have survived severe frosts and droughts. Every year, they produce dozens of suckers. This plant is very vunerable to aphids and I have had several cases. Overall this plant is attractive and hardy. I do not know exactly how old they are because they was there when we moved house but it is definately 6-12 years old.
Submitted on 05/09/2006 by one of our visitors

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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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