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Zamia furfuracea

Cardboard Palm

A robust, adaptable and quick growing plant with a short, clustering trunk and a compact crown of light green leaves. Its common name refers to the very thick, felty, elliptic leaflets. The Cardboard palm is native to coastal areas on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and has become a popular plant in the horticultural trade for its ornamental qualities and its ease of growth (indeed, in many tropical places, it proliferates to such an extent that it is considered a weed!). It can easily be grown in a pot indoors and is a great ground cover for a sunny border in the tropics and mild subtropics.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinated 12 seeds using peat moss baggie method on top of water heater at approximately 85F after soaking in tap water for 3 days with daily water changes. 7 of 12 seeds germinated in 2 weeks, with remaining 5 seeds germinating less than 1 week later. Germinated seeds were planted in 1 gallon containers (4 seeds per container) in sandy soil with 1 inch peat moss on top. Containers are in partial sun and watered every other day. All seedlings are growing rapidly and appear very healthy.
Submitted on 23/04/2008 by Craig McCarty

... need up to 1 month to sprout.
Prechild the seeds for two weeks. After that let it in open air for 3 days. Soak the seed with 1 gram of giberilin hormon with 1 litre of aquades. I used a tablet of PROGIB and liquid with a liter of aquades as a liquid stock. Take 20ml of hormon liquid and add with 200ml of aquades. Soak the seeds for 24 hours then plant onto common cycas germinating media. For 2 week 95% of seeds has germinate. Its a fabulous result from the seeds that i bought from seedcoseeds.com Thanks
Submitted on 30/10/106 by harduki harduki@telkom.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Probally one of the easiest cycad seeds I have germinated. They seemed to require nothing out of the ordinary for germination. I used peat moss baggy method, and had results in three weeks in only 70 F temps.
Submitted on 22/01/2005 by Kyle Whitney kylewhitney2003@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Planted seeds approximately 1/4 in under the soil in a 1 gallon pot and placed in full sun. Make sure that the pot does not dry out. seeds sent up shoots in about 4months. Only 70 % germination though need a little patience.
Submitted on 01/01/2004 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In East Bohemia in Czech Republic they need average care and grow slow.
Plant grown for about 15 years, caudex size of 12 cm and 70-80 cm length sheets. In this age it is not as vulnerable as small seedlings. Growth is rapid, every two years sprout new leaves, and let the old cut. Like other cycads tolerate waterlogging, especially cold and wet současně.Přesazuji to the pot for the plant mal .Je be used, for example, a mixture of cacti or normal soil mixed with coarse sand, small stones. Ideal conditions for this cycad are: bright direct light and sandy, well-ventilated, and very rich půda.Na summer cycads moving out to the garden but it is necessary to gradually adjust to the sun or threatening burns listů.Na autumn when temperatures drop at night they go back into the house to teploty.Jedná room is a very durable and lightweight type that I recommend to all who want to start with cycads.
Submitted on 07/12/2013 by Olda Potucek

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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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