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Macrozamia spiralis

A highly attractive dwarf cycad to 1 m (3 ft.) tall, with slightly twisted and keeled leaves that hold numerous grey green leaflets with red or cream colored, bulbous bases. Native to southeastern New South Wales, Australia, where it grows in eucalypt forest on poor soils, it is one of the most southerly growing and cold tolerant species in this genus.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were soaked in water for 24 h. A hole was cut in the outer seed coat to expose the point were the developing embryo would emerge. The seeds were placed horizontally in a shallow plastic tray (2 cm deep) which had been filled with perlite. The perlite was wet with water (to make it moist, not saturated). The tray was placed in a propagator that was heated to 25 degrees Celcius with the vents open. Shoots emerged from 60% of the seeds within 4-5 months. Like many cycad species, much of the first year of growth occurs underground, with the root growing quite large. Seedlings should be potted up in perlite alone (addition of compost can cause water retention and root rotting - this applies to the 20+ varieties of cycad I have grown from seed bought from Rare Palm Seeds). Place individually potted seedlings on a south-facing window sill to enable them to receive sunlight. In 12 months, the grower is rewarded by the emergence of two, bright-green fern like leaves. An attractive cycad, especially when mature, the leaves forming a spiral pattern as the Latin name suggests.
Submitted on 23/04/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I planted 9 seeds from this species will all germinating after 1 year, however most after 6 months. Seeds were only lightly covered in media and watered daily. This is a rather uncommon species within the wild near Sydney. Kris
Submitted on 01/12/2006 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@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

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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