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Adansonia fony (= Adansonia rubrostipa)

Fony Baobab

A small to medium-sized, dry deciduous tree to 12 m (40 ft.) tall, native to spiny and dry forest in southwestern and central western Madagascar with a thick, usually rather short, bottle-shaped trunk to 5 m (16 ft.) in diameter and a compact, rather sparse crown. The attractive, large flowers are yellow and purple. The oldest, giant specimen of this tree in Madagascar reputedly has germinated about 3000 years ago and is one of the oldest trees on the planet. In cultivation it does best in the dry tropics in USDA Zone 10 or above. Soak seeds in water for a day before sowing in a well draining substrate.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in tap water for 24 hours (room temperature 23-25 C). Used plastic container and a mix of ordinary potting soil and sand at 1:1 ratio. Covered the seeds with 1 cm of the same mix and placed the container on a south facing window. First seed germinated in 5 days and another 3 a week later. In 3 weeks 90% of the seeds had germinated and are looking good so far.
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
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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.
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