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Cryosophila warscewiczii

Guáguara Palm

This beautiful and charming, medium sized fan palm from Central America has curious roots-transformed-to-spines that cover the slender trunk. The soft leaves are dark green above and silvery-white below and form a compact crown. Elegant and attractive, essential in the palm collection, excellent for the subtropical and tropical garden and one of the few fan palms that really do well indoors. Seeds of this fast growing palm are always in short supply.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered small packets of Brahea Armata, Cryosophila Warscewiczii, Kerriodoxa elegans, Licuala ramsayi, Serenoa Repens. on May 9th, 2006. I live on Sanibel, Florida and realize that the Brahea and Licuala will be problematic for my climate and environment. This is my first attempt to grow palms from seeds, which is some of the reason I selected Serenoa, an endemic palm to my area, Seeds arrived on June 3rd, mail costs 8 Euros. On June 11th, placed Brahea (10), Crysosophila (10), Licuala (12) into water. On June 13th, gave the Brahea (10), Crysosophila (10), Licuala (12) seeds a 3 minute Copper Fungicide bath, and placed then in a ziploc bag with 50% Sphagnum moss and 50% Vermiculite, and a small amount of water to make the mixture damp but not soaked. Place baggie on side porch, average daytime temps 95F, evening temps 80F. On July 3rd, noted some germination of Crysosophila seeds. On September 2nd, transplanted 7 Crysosophila sprouts from the baggie to 6 inch pots with equal mixture of vermiculite, peat moss, and sand, Also Sprayed sprouts with Copper Fungicide. 2 Cryosophlia seeds left in baggie. Could not find the last seed in the baggie.
Submitted on 02/09/2006 by Jack Boyce jboyce@us.ibm.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
placed in glass tank (20cm deep) with bottom heat of about 21-25c filled with peat and topped with vermiculite (about 20mm), kept moist sprayed with a light fungicide and vented 3-4 times a week. 1st seed germinated within 3 weeks others all up to 6 weeks after sowing.
Submitted on 28/02/2004 by vic silver vic.s@breathe.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.

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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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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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