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Araucaria bidwillii

Bunya Pine

A majestic tree to 50 m tall, with a massive trunk to 1.5 m (5 ft.) in diameter and glossy green, broad foliage. It is native to Queensland, Australia and is a popular tree in cultivation. Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11, it enjoys a humid, warm temperate or tropical climate with only light freezes. Seeds do not need soaking or stratification.

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... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
can be a bit tricky especially in cold weather,dont bury seeds but half bury in seed raising mix and wait for shoot to emerge and then pot up into individual pots.
Submitted on 14/10/2010 by graeme ellis

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
in warmer climes will germinate very quickly indeed up to one month but in cooler climates can take up to 6 months. i personally grow these babies from trays with seed raising mix first and half bury seeds. wait for germination and you have to check them every now and again. once germinated transfer to a pot at leasy 6 inches deep as they have a large tuber to grow down into the pot. wait for thetuber to seperate away from the seed casing and allow sun to be exposed to top half of tuber to speed up leaves forming.
Submitted on 03/09/2010 by graeme ellis

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds 3 days, rinsing every day. I then dusted the seeds with growing hormone/fungicide and planted in a sterilized mixture of perlite/sphagnum moss at a depth of two inches. They were germinated at a temp. of 82/84 F. In two weeks, one seed germinated, but put out only the leaf shoot, and slowly died. At two months, a seed germ. with a double trunk. Four more germinated over a period of six weeks. So, germination was from 60-105 days. Five out of 10 seeds germinated. The seeldings are now 9 months old and still growing in the seed starting medium. The oldest seedling is 11. 5" tall with 3 pairs of branches. The youngest seedling is 6" tall with 2 pairs of branches. I have them in my south window in the bedroom. I will be putting them out on the balcony for the summer about May 1st. They have been surprisingly aggressive in their short lives so far. The seeds are HUGE!!!! They resemble Brasil nuts but about 3 times bigger. The seedlings rather resemble the monkey puzzle tree, but with much more stout needles. Good job on this one Toby. I'm a smilin' indeed. These guys will look good with my ever growing collection of palms grown from rarepalmseeds. com seeds.
Submitted on 12/04/2010 by James R. Udell

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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

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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