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Dendroseris litoralis

Juan Fernández Cabbage Tree

Native only to tiny, volcanic Robinson Crusoe Island, one of the Juan Fernández Islands in the southeast Pacific, far off the coast of Chile, and home of the famed Juania australis and many other fascinating endemic plants, this strange, small tree from the daisy and sunflower family (Asteraceae) has literally been brought back from the brink of extinction. It had been reduced to only a few individuals by feral goats on the island and is still considered critically endangered. It grows into a small, gnarled tree with several somewhat palm-like crowns of very large, round leaves on whitish leaf stalks and bright orange flowers. It is easy to cultivate and enjoys a cool, humid climate. It is hardy to light freezes and coastal conditions.

 
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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I'm interested in all the Dendroseris species..however the D.litoralis was the first species I received. Germination was fast and simple...taking only a few days to see germination unfold. I simply sandwiched the seeds between 2 pieces of lightly most paper towel and set into a clear little plastic box.I checked the seeds quickly every day for about 4 days and on the 4th-6th days each little seed had put out a root. At that point I simply picked out the seedlings with tweezers (careful not to touch or injure the root) and set each the seeds separately into its own 4"pot of sterilized soil....and gave each a little spritz of water to help it nestle into position. The pots were set "uncovered" into a warm and semi shaded position inthe greenouse. Growth has been rapid. An easy and fun plant to get started.
Submitted on 09/05/2012 by Marlena Fairbourne

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
5 seeds planted in late summer in cool greenhouse. All germinated witin 2 weeks. 5 more from same batch sown in July 2010 and 3 germinated within 2 weeks. The 5 larger seedlings have grown away quickly in large pots outdoors (cool maritime climate - northern UK)
Submitted on 11/08/2010 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were soaked in water for 48 hours before sowing on the surface of a finely milled peat moss medium, covered with a clear plastic top. outdoors, with 3 hours of direct mid day sun;, day temp 14C with overnight low temp of 5C. 7 of 15 germinated within 7 days; then 5 more for total of 12 of 15 within 14 days.
Submitted on 22/11/2009 by Darold Petty

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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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