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Bowenia serrulata

Byfield Fern

A stunning dwarf cycad with an underground stem and up to 35 long-stalked, fernlike leaves that are divided into numerous leaflets. B. serrulata comes from a small area in southeastern Queensland, Australia, where it grows in moist forest. It adapts well to cultivation and can be successfully grown in tropical and warm temperate climates where it prefers warm, humid conditions out of the sun. These seeds have been increasingly difficult to come by in recent years.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate.
I just received this new seeds and 6 of 10 already show a little white root: what should I do? Do they really germinate so easily: it's incredible
Submitted on 22/10/2004 by Sabrina Milani sabrina.borg@libero.it

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
No different from other cycads. Soaked for 2-3 days in warm water (80F / 25C) then to baggies with barely damp coconut fiber, kept at 30C / 90F. Don't give up on cycad seeds; some sprout quickly, others straggle over months.
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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.

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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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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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