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Coccothrinax crinita

The well-known "Old Man Palm" has a slim trunk that is thickly covered with long, dense and woolly, pale brown fibers, giving the palm a most bizarre appearance. Once past the slow seedling stage, it grows faster than might be imagined. It thrives in most warm temperate and tropical areas and will even take a short, light frost without damage. It prefers a sunny situation and needs well drained soil. Makes a fascinating potted plant as well. Seeds are always in short supply, so hurry.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sown outdoors in pots in Spring. Seeds were not presoaked. Germinated in well-draining medium consisting of 80% sand and 20% fine organic mulch. Watered thoroughly twice weekly and germinated slowly over time. First sprout visible after 2 months but many appeared up to 4 months later. Germinated at warm temperatures (~ 80 degrees F) in bright sunlight. Germination rate was very good.
Submitted on 24/11/2011 by one of our visitors

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I germinate the seeds, the first sprout can be seen on the 3rd week, but the longer time, no more seeds seem to sprout. The seeds is quite susceptible to ticks and rot because of its small seeds while the germination time is long enough. So must ensure that the media and seeds is sterile enough. The media just slightly the same with other germination media mix.
Submitted on 24/07/2010 by Ramses Hutapea

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak them 24 hours within water plus vitamin to improve germination rate and then put them into fungi protection . Used plastic zip-lock with peat moss . around 3 weeks ago you will be see the first sprout and later for remains.
Submitted on 14/12/2005 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In los baños city in philippines they need very much care and grow fast.
for faster grow of this seed we need to use fungiside powder mix it and then planting it in moisture soil and then cover it with sack of feeds and cultivate it in 20 days and you will see the result 80-95% germination.
Submitted on 30/11/2007 by eugene glorioso eugene_glorioso_82@yahoo.com.ph

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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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