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Cycas sexseminifera

Dwarf Cycad

With a small, underground or only shortly emergent trunk, and flat leaves that can reach 1 m (3 ft) in length and carry 60 to 130 narrow leaflets, this charming plant is one of the smallest species in the genus Cycas. In its native northern Vietnam and southern China, it grows in cracks of steep limestone cliffs practically without soil. Although quite popular as an ornamental in China, it is still virtually unknown in cultivation elsewhere. It is an excellent species for growing in pots or as a bonsai.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked seeds in water overnight, then into cocopeat mixture kept damp... Seeds started to pop open within 3 days and sprouted within one week!
Submitted on 24/01/2010 by Morne Carstens

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for a day and put them in cocohum in plastic bags. Kept them on top of a shelf in the bathroom (warmest room in house). First root visible after about one week, the others followed quickly. Got 7 out of ten, the remaining three still looked the same after over half a year. Two plants produced two (versus one)(palmate) leaves straight away. All have not grown more leaves after one year.
Submitted on 27/03/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Ten seeds were soaked overnight, then put into zip-lock baggies with moistened peat moss and placed on top of the refrigerator. After two weeks 20 percent had germinated but damping off started to appear. They were then moved to pots containing 2 parts perlite to one part vermiculite, and placed into a glass-house where overnight temperatures went down to 5 Celsius and daytime highs reached 30C -- quite severe fluctuations (location is the Pacific Northwest). Even so, after 10 weeks we had 60 percent germination of those 10 seeds. Seedlings are now six months old, six inches high, and have a fat tap root the same length. They have a graceful single frond and are very healthy.
Submitted on 10/11/2002 by Lori Pickering lori_pickering@sunshine.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds as received were soaked in tap water for 4 days, water changed daily. The seeds were then placed on a thick bed of moist moss inside a plastic container with a loose fitting lid. The container was placed on a common heating pad on low setting with the temp. reaching 95 degrees F. Germination began after 1 day and after 2 weeks 80 % germination was achieved from 100 seeds. A spray bottle containing tap water was used as required to wet the moss.
Submitted on 12/10/2002 by Jim Murphy mursago@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds soaked for 2 days, put in moist perlite in a box with lid. The first germinated after three days and other 6 in the following week. The last three still good and in the box, are splitting now.
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Another good batch, they were ready to sprout. Soaked for two day, put in polystirene box with lid on moist perlite, they have germinated soon.Rate have been 80% til now, but the remaining are still good.
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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