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Cycas circinalis

Queen Sago

is a great commercial species that will be appreciated by chainstores and supermarkets. Germination is excellent, subsequent growth is fast, and the plant is finished in just a few months. Makes a pleasant change from C. revoluta, a bit overdone these days. For collectors, its value is in its fast growth, upright habit, and rapid formation of its slim trunk. Feed and water it well, and it races away, growing a foot of trunk in just a few years. Happy in heat and humidity, but will tolerate much less, a good all-round species that deserves its popularity. Pure seeds from S-India.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1st seed opened up with in 3 weeks, had them in perlite in a 100+ degree garage in Buckeye,AZ. very pleased, this was my very 1st attempt with cycads. seedlings seem to grow an inch a day, very fast. Thank you rare palm seeds for such great service I am very happy I purchased my seed from you.
Submitted on 14/09/2007 by Billy J Trimble btrimble3@cox.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds in luke warm water for 3 days (changing daily). Than press the seeds 3/4 of the way into the soil, I used peat + sand (50:50), the temperature was about 90°F/30°C. First seed sprouted after 3 months and the rest followed soon after. Seedling growth is very fast.
Submitted on 07/05/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

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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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