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Moringa hildebrandtii

A stunning, moderately large dry deciduous tree to about 25 m tall from southwestern Madagascar with a thick, white, succulent trunk, similar to the baobab and broadly pinnate foliage. The leaves can be eaten as a vegetable and the large, oil and protein-rich seeds are edible as well. It makes an easy, very fast growing and stunning ornamental for the dry tropics and some warm temperate areas.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Moringa hildebrandtii seeds are prone to fungal rot, so the best way to germinate them is to gently crack the shell and soak them in a 10/1 water/hydrogen peroxide solution for a couple of hours. The cracking of the shell should be done with a pair of common pliers set to the wide notch, and with just enough force to open it to allow liquid in. If you are brave, remove the shell completely. The advantage of complete shell removal is you can see if the seed is viable to begin with (not dried up/shriveled/rotten). After cracking and soaking, place them in a sealed plastic bag with a slightly damp paper towel, a few in a bag, and put them in a dark cupboard or closet. You will begin to see tails on the ones that are good after a few days, and they can go into a fast draining mix in full sun, just covered. Some will rot or will not germinate, even though they look fine. I love this species and have grown many of them. One of my specimens is growing at Fairchild Tropical Botanical gardens, next to a large M. drouhardii I grew as well.
Submitted on 09/09/2013 by Barry Stock

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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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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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