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Gigantochloa apus

Tabashir Bamboo

A large, tropical, tightly clustering bamboo with culms to 20 m high, native to tropical forests from northeastern India to Southeast Asia and Australasia where its timber is widely used in construction.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
20 seeds were soaked in 100 mL 0. 1% Epsom salt dissolved in water, initially at 35 degrees C (magnesium is a germination promotor). The water was allowed to cool to room temperature over a period of two hours and then changed for a fresh 35 C solution, followed by room temperature soaking overnight. After a total of twelve hours soaking, the seeds were planted in a sterile premium potting mix, watered, and placed - uncovered (to minimise fungus growth) - on a sunlit window sill where temperatures reached approximately 25 to 28 C during the day, and 18 C at night. The potting mix was kept continuously slightly moist. Germination commenced after two weeks. Given that some of the seeds were obviously dead before treatment, the overall germination rate was greater than 50%.
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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.

 
       
 
We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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