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Dasylirion quadrangulatum

Mexican Grass Tree

A fantastic species from northestern Mexico that resembles an Australian grass tree in overall appearance, although not closely related. Unlike any other Dasylirion, it has narrow, angled, grasslike leaves that form a large, spherical crown on top of a thick, robust trunk that can reach an amazing 5 m (16 ft. tall) despite very slow growing. A landscape plant for dramatic effects, even when young, it is hardy to both drought and substantial freezes.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Pre-soaked 10 seeds in warm water overnight. Planted in soil-less medium under heat pad at 85F. 17 days later i got my first seedling poking out. More 2 days later.
Submitted on 23/01/2007 by mark steelviper1@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for a couple of days before germinating using baggie method. Seed coat seems to grow mold/fungus easily so be sure to keep germination media barely damp. Otherwise germination was quick and easy.
Submitted on 01/02/2006 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 10 seeds in the water for 1 day and I placed the seeds in a well-drained mixture at 15-25°C. In a month, just one have germinated. No very lucky with this one.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soak them in warm water for 7 days (35 degrees celcius.) then put them in aclosed box with cocofibre on a temperature of 30 degrees, they will germinate within 20 day, they did with me.
Submitted on 10/02/2004 by patrick vos patr.vos@planet.nl

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinated easily in warm conditions (airing cupboard ~25-30C). Both pots & ziplock bags with damp seed compost or damp vermiculite were successful.
Submitted on 04/01/2004 by Martin Harrop martinharrop@btinternet.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In CORPUS CHRISTI in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA they need very little care and grow normal.
Very easy to grow: I planted about 50 seeds in one container. Filled up container about 3/4 full of dripping wet peat moss (self draining holes on bottom of container). Threw my seeds on top and covered with another 1 1/2 inches of dripping wet peat moss. Placed in full day sun and (after 5 pm) evening shade rom tree. Watered once every two days for two weeks and they began sprouting up. Within one month after sprouting they are all about 9 inches tall. Now I must separate them all. Germination was not a problem I just hope transplanting goes as well. I only water them once a week now and they all look very healthy. Very easy to grow these. No presoaking required. Days are at about 81-87 F'.
Submitted on 05/03/2007 by MJ SPROUTSOFLIFE@AOL.COM

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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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