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Dioon sp. “Palma Sola”

A small Dioon similar to D. edule.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked about 15 seeds for 3 days, cleaning the water daily. Then I barely submerged the tip of the nut in gravelly peat and volcanic rock in 6 inch plastic cells and placed on a rack about a third inch off the heated mats (80-95)degree fahrenheit. I placed a dome over the cells for moisture retention and misted ocassionally. These were placed under a flourescent light, about 2 feet below. Within 16 to 45 days-almost 99% of the seed had germinated, sending an embryonic tap root from the middle bottom part of the seed into the bottom of the cell. At this point, I changed them to deeper pots(some) and placed slightly higher above the heated mat. I now have 11 of those seedlings in my cool greenhouse. Some have sprouted 2 flushes of leaves-bluish/grey and revolute in some cases. This was done the third week of December 0f 1999.
Submitted on 30/12/2002 by Velya Loving lovelcycad01@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Dioon seedlings are not very tolerant of drying out. Soaked 2-3 days in warm (80F / 25C) water changed daily, then to baggies with barely moist coconut fiber kept at 30C / 90F. Transplanted out when shoot 1 inch / 2.5cm long. Do not let seedlings dry or they will die.
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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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