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Brahea nitida

White Rock Palm

A breathtakingly beautiful, medium sized, rare fan palm with a smooth, slender trunk and dark greyish green, finely segmented leaves with white undersides. It is easy to distinguish from other Brahea as the only species without a thorny petiole. Native to western and southern Mexico, where it grows on dry limestone hills among pines and oaks at elevations between 900 and nearly 2000 m (3000 and 6600 ft.), it is well suited to temperate and warm temperate climates. It will take moderate frosts and is very tolerant of drought conditions. A superb, reliable, robust and truly unique palm that is still very rarely seen in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate.
RPS will have to add "4 hours" to the "germinating time" comment selection window! Yes! Received my small packet, soaked in warm water near woodstove. I was absolutely delighted when--4 hours later--I could see the tiny little "button" beginning to expand on all of them. Wow, are they ever fresh!
Submitted on 05/03/2012 by barb

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
After buying 100 seed from RPS I sowed them in a well drained high organic medium and set out on a growing pad (full sun). I sow all my seed in 7gallon - 25gallon community pots and allow them to grow out for one -2 years. I have a very, very good germination rate, near 100%. To balance the high germination rate I lost a few, 15% during transplanting to individual pots. I suggest moving while younger. Jim Rodgers
Submitted on 05/09/2007 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Porto in Portugal they need average care and grow normal.
This is one of the best looking brahea, nice white highlights on the leaves, very tropical looking and fast for a brahea. Likes more water than other brahea tolerating more moisture on the soil, wind and cold tolerant. tolerates shades and still look good as well. outdoor grown since one leaf seedling.
Submitted on 04/06/2010 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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