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Coccothrinax borhidiana

Borhidis Guano Palm

To those who have seen this very rare palm in the flesh, it easily surpasses any other Coccothrinax in appearance, including the famed C. crinita. Native onlyto a small beach area in the north of Cuba, where it grows in stunted coastal vegetation, it is seriously threatened with extinction. It is a smallish palm with a slender trunk thickly clothed in a coat of undulated fibers, topped by a very dense crown of closely spaced, circular, rigid, thick and leathery, dark green leaves that are held on short petioles. This palm is without doubt the most desirable of the Coccothrinax, and we are very proud to be able to offer this fantastic palm in a reasonable quantity at long last.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I bought 10 seeds of this palm here on Rarepalmdseeds in June -12. Received the seeds on mail June 21st. I soaked the seedsfor 7 days, changing the water 2 x a day. Then in ziplock bag in barely moist cocos fiber in +30 °C, and today July 15th I noticed several seeds hade germinated. No mold problems, no pretreatment! I'm very happy with my purchase! Thank you!
Submitted on 15/07/2012 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds were soaked 7 days with daily water change. They were then put into a clear plastic box with moist commercial seed mix. They started sprouting after 25 days! The temp was in the mid 90F during the day and 80F at night. By the 46th day from sowing, I have potted all 10 lil babies of which 6 already have a leaf. Great quality seeds from rps. Keep up the great work Toby!
Submitted on 02/03/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia togtan@streamyx.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got the 20 seeds from RPS. I soaked them in water for 2 days changing water each day. On the first day I added Superthrive to the water but I noticed some cloudy formation around some seeds so I added powdered fungicide to the water (but it could also just have been algae).I divided them - GROUP 1 in a shallow tupper ware with cocopeat about 1 inch deep and placed them near exhaust of Air Conditioner. GROUP 2 was potted in charcoaled rice husk and placed outside. After 30 days with GROUP 1 there were roots crawling at the bottom of the tupperware. I dug them out and 8 of the 10 seeds had root sprouts!!! With GROUP 2 though none had germinated yet. I potted the germinated seeds individually and they each had about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of root. They are white and delicate so be careful not to damage them. The medium was very porous and had charcoaled rice husk, perlite, a little cocpeat and ordinary garden soil I also repotted all the dormant seeds in cocpeat in another tupperware and placed them near the Air Conditioner again. Round 2 for them!! After 3 weeks I had pale young leaves coming out of the soil for the early sprouting seeds. They were a healthy green by the second day -- I gave them bright but indirect sunlight. In the container for the seeds going on their 2nd round there is now also a root that has reached the bottom of the container and expect more within the next couple of weeks. Based on this, the standard "baggie method" worked best and I did not have any problems with fungus with this batch. Its best to get really fine ground up cocpeat with no fibers because these could entangle the new roots and damage them. I heard that it will take about 2 years before the seedlings produce their first palmate leaves which is also the time they can be put out in full sun. For reference on my climate conditions I am growing them from the Philippines-53 feet above sea level.
Submitted on 30/07/2007 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
At first I placed the seeds in Plastic bags with damp soil mix. After 30 days only one seed had sprouted so I put in some growth hormone powder and added a little water, reclosing the bag. I left them in a box on top of my refridgerator for another couple of weeks. I didn't even look at them for those weeks. Then one day I looked and ALL seeds were very well sprouted!! I am so excited! Now I am to the next challenge which is keeping them alive!
Submitted on 04/01/2003 by Diana J Sosa Djsosa50@hotmail.com

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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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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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