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Cycas szechuanensis

Fujian Sago

Originally described from a cultivated plant in Szechuan and once thought to be extinct in the wild, this Cycas was rediscovered in habitat as recently as 1999 in the Nanpan river valley in eastern Fujian, China, where it survives in the undergrowth of woodlands between 400 and 1300 m (1300 and 4300 ft.) in a climate that is hot and humid in summer and cool and dry in winter. Unfortunately it is severely threatened by human interference in its habitat. Botanically it is closest to C. taiwaniana and can form a robust trunk to 3 m (10 ft.) or perhaps taller, topped by an impressive crown of long, dark, glossy green leaves. The seeds are rather small. In cultivation it adapts easily to most warm temperate climates and can take considerable freezes with ease.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Purchased 10 seeds from RPS. Soaked seeds for 3 days in warm water. Then placed the seeds in baggies of barely moist sphagnum moss. Placed them tray with bottom heat 25-28 degrees C. The first seeds one germinated within 2 weeks. After 3 months all 10 germinated. Excellent quality = excellent results.
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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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