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Brahea clara (Icy Blue)

Blue Sonora Hesper Palm

A beautiful form of B. clara with powdery blue leaves.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I stored 100 of these seed in a zip lock bag with semi moist coco for almost 2 years without 1 seed germinating, I decided to scuff a hole in each seed with a grinder to allow water in, after 2-3 weeks i now have 20 very strong seedlings, and Im sure the rest will germinate over the next few months. I wouldnt hesitate to order these seeds if you want them, even if they are not fresh.
Submitted on 05/08/2010 by whitedpalms

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Used the baggie method with sand, vermiculite, and perlite as the medium. Kept it slightly moist and put it in the gararge where it could experience highs and lows varying from ~40 to ~0 C. Most ended up germinating about a year later during the winter, resulted in about 50% germination.
Submitted on 04/04/2010 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.

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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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