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Cycas clivicola f. lutea

Mountain Sago

A very elegant, slender species from limestone cliffs in southeast Thailand. It has a smooth, grey trunk and green leaves.

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germination comments by our visitors
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked in water for three days. Put in sealed bag with peatmoss and perlite with a temp range of about 75 -85. About 70% germination rate.
Submitted on 21/10/2006 by one of our visitors

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Unfortunately, not very good experience with this species. In my opinion seeds germinate very difficult, and I took 2 month and only 2 germinated seeds from 100. For the rest I am still waiting, other experiences later...
Submitted on 22/04/2005 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In San Diego 9 miles from coast in USA they need very little care and grow normal.
Speed of growth for seedlings is about average for cycas. In coastal So Cal. they take filtered to nearly full sun. My plants are seedlings (2-4 leaves). In winter at about 29f they lost all their leaves but quickly grew new leaves in spring. All the plants are still in pots with quick draining soil. I have a couple indoors also in sunny windows. The ones in filtered sun and indoors look the best. I water when the soil is nearly dry.
Submitted on 21/10/2006 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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