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Brahea aculeata

Inhabiting the very dry northeast of Mexico, this smallish palm produces a slow growing, rough, solitary trunk that holds an open crown of light green fan leaves. Extremely tolerant of drought conditions, it is a great choice for desert gardens, but has proven to be adaptable to a wide range of warm temperate climates and can handle moderate freezes without harm. In cultivation it is still rarely seen.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
they where very easy to germinate requiring only heat to germinate well.dont overwater,let it dry until you water again.
Submitted on 29/05/2005 by joao capelo bidwilli@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Put the seeds in moist perlite at 32C bottemheat,1 month to sprout. they grow very fast if you keep them in a warm place.I use an old aqarium with two 18 watt philips tl's,1 tld96 and 1 tld92 and a 35 watt groundheatingcable in moist sand.Works fine whit almost al seedlings.
Submitted on 15/05/2005 by Bertus palm_nl@yahoo.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Porto in Portugal they need very little care and grow normal.
Fast for a brahea, likes many water when water as well as fertilizer. it can tolerates close to 50º c as it have done in my glasshouse left closed and unventilated with 35 outside in the shade, the plant in a pot made it without scratch. Cold hardy too.
Submitted on 06/06/2010 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.

We recommend:
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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