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Dioon merolae

A rare and very ornamental species native mainly to pine-oak-forest in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico between 900 and 1200 m (3000 to 4000 ft.). Its attractive, bright green leaves are flat, the leaflets densely arranged and overlapping. It will grow best in a warm temperate or subtropical climate and can withstand moderate freezes.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Difficult to germinate, it took more than 3 months to germinate and the germination rate is very low. I had 100 seeds, and only 25 germinated. The seeds was immersed in water for a day before planting, I use pure Vermiculite as the media, moist the media once a week. The first germination was after 3 months.
Submitted on 26/02/2011 by one of our visitors

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds were half buried in a mixture of half/half wet and dry Perlite in airtight containers. For other Cycads this worked very well, with D. merolae only one seed germinated after three months, two are still ok and cracked open during a hot spell (ca. 40 ¡C). All others got mouldy. A previous try with the seeds in plastic bags with coconut fiber failed completely. The one seed that germinated is now slowly producing the first leaf after 8 months.
Submitted on 11/08/2006 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
5 seeds were soaked in warm tap water for 2 days and planted in spaghnum in a clay pot and put in a clear plastic bag. 3 germinated within 6 months, the first after 1 month. the last 2 were rotten and were removed. now after one year they still only have their first leaf but are doing well.
Submitted on 13/01/2005 by Frank Fotel Frankfotel@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I roughened the seeds up with sandpaper and soaked them in hot water for two days (thermal can, about 50°C). I renewed the water every 12 hours. When I took out the two seeds, one of the embryos had already begun opening the seed. The other followed 3 days later. Now they are half burried in Perlite to keep them moist until the root is long enough to be planted in a deep container with palm soil.
Submitted on 17/04/2004 by Alfred Hemerka alfred.hemerka@oenb.co.at

...difficult to germinate.
I arranged the seeds in moist spaghnum, half burried. they where put in the window sill at 18-22 degrees celcius in the night, higher in the day due to the sun light. About 40 % sprouted within 6 months. The rest never sprouted (after 1 year).
Submitted on 06/02/2004 by frank fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I planted 10 seeds in april in moist peat, in a clay pot, covered with a transparent plastic bag. They have been kept at 20-25 celcius since, by oktober only one germinated, but im patient!
Submitted on 24/10/2003 by frank fotel fotel@ruc.dk

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
they are not the easiest to sprout. out of ten only tree have sprouted until now. i put my cicad seeds on the top of sand and treat them as if they have already germinated.the temperature is 37ºc whith night and day fluctuations. they dont seem to like very high temperatures... but is summer, and allow ventilation
Submitted on 06/08/2003 by joao capelo bidwilli@hotmail.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
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