Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.
... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout. This plant is a swamp plant and will grow quite happily immersed in water,the seeds germinate in water as well. Seed is best fresh although not essential,a waterproof container approx. 100mm. in height filled to halfway with a light soil or potting mix is then flooded with water. Simply sprinkle your seed over the water,keep the container out of the weather,temperature is not critical between 10&25C is fine, the water level must be maintained above the soil until the seeds germinate. The seed will send a root into the soil and a leaf upwards,when the leaf is approx. 30mm high it can be transplanted to a container of its own. Remember this is a swamp plant so keep it wet. Once established it will stand dry conditions,they are very hardy,the flowers will provide food for nectar sucking birds. Submitted on 23/06/2008 by Eric Timmins
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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.
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appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona
Completely revised and updated Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches
Our rating: 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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