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Cycas multifrondis

A stunning cycad from northernmost Vietnam and neighboring Yunnan, China that forms an underground trunk, holding only 4 to 10 very large, upright leaves to 5 m (16 ft.) tall, with branching, bright green leaflets to 60 cm (2 ft.) long, that give the leaf a densely plumose appearance, quite different from, and much more slender than C. debaoensis or C. multipinnata though. Virtually unknown in cultivation, it is an absolute 'must-have' for the cycad collector. It is best adapted to tropical climates.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased 10 seeds in may. Soaked seeds for 2 days in water with daconil, water changed daily. Then placed seeds in a plastic jar with moist pure perlite. The lid jar was placed slightly off center to allow for air exchange, but made sure air moisture was high. The jar was kept in an non air conditioned room with daytime temp of 90 to 95 degree f, and night temp. of 80 to 85 degree f. 1 seed rotted off right away. Within 21 days 7 of 10 seeds split the sarcotesta and showed radicle growth. Within 45 days the same 7 of 10 seeds pushed deep radicle growth deep into perlite and began to send up leaves. The 2 seeds that didn't show any radicle emergence were soaked again for 2 days in fresh water. Shortly after which 1 seed pushed a radicle and I expect a leaf soon. The other seed seems to have grown a tiny radicle, but is stalled again. Will soak in water and b1, and hopefully get it going. I am very happy with these quality seeds. So far I have 8 of 10 growing fine, with possibly 9 of 10, but will have to wait and see what happens with the last one. The seedlings look similar to Debaoensis, but are more of a pale green, and very shiny. None have forked leaflets yet, although many Debaoensis seedlings the same age have forked leaves. I really can't wait to see how these plants look when they grow older. I expect them to become real beauties. One important thing I learned is always cut open a seed and check for maturity. I have lost many seeds by sowing them too early. Since the multipinnata seeds are expensive, I had asked toby how long he had held the seeds, and was able to save from cutting one open.
Submitted on 11/09/2007 by Mark Johannessen mok7777@aol.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were soaked in water for 24 h. A hole was cut in the outer seed coat to expose the point were the developing embryo would emerge. The seeds were placed horizontally in a shallow plastic tray (2 cm deep) which had been filled with perlite. The perlite was wet with water (to make it moist, not saturated). The tray was placed in a propagator that was heated to 25 degrees Celcius with the vents open. Shoots emerged from half of the seeds within 3 months. The other half appear to be still viable and await germination. This species of cycad is one of the few that have multipinnate leaves and the adult form is very beautiful indeed. It is definitely worth germinating - very few are known to be in cultivation.
Submitted on 23/04/2007 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
100 seeds from a local supplier in Southern California purchased in October......Soaked 3 days, placed on top of 10" of perilite with 1" of vermiculite on top for the moisture retention inside a 40 gallon cooler in the garage, seeds burried 1/3rd into the vermiculite and kept moist not wet. kept above 65 degrees (f) with days reaching 75-80. First germination within a week, currently at 85% germination.Same results with Debaoensis........
Submitted on 07/01/2007 by Matthew Jerge Matt_jerge@hotmail.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds soaked in water for up to 1 week, depending on degree of dessication. Seeds then placed on covered bed of perlite with bottom heat. Germinating chamber kept very humid and at 80-85F. Seed began germinating within a week. 50% germination so far.
Submitted on 01/02/2006 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.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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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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