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Podocarpus nivalis

Snow Totara

One of the worlds smallest conifers, this low, creeping plant is native to alpine scrub above the tree line on New Zealand's North and South Islands and naturally grows like a bonsai. In cultivation it is suited to temperate climates from USDA zones 8 to 7 or perhaps as low as zone 5. Like most New Zealand alpine plants it benefits from a protective snow cover in winter.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I stratified my seed over the winter according my standard method; i. e. in a small plastic pot containing peat based compost, placed in a sealed plastic bag in my fridge. Brought the pot out the following spring and after a couple of months four of ten seeds had germinated. No further germinations occurred.
Submitted on 01/09/2011 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In South in Sweden they need little care and grow slow.
After growing on in separate pots for a few years I planted them out in nearly pure peat as the local soils have a pH of nearly eight. The peat is placed in deep hole lined with pond liner, but is drained at one end. The whole construction is in semi-shade. Winter is spent under a layer of polypropylene fleece and snow. The last couple of winters have be down to -15C / 5F for several weeks at a time. If we hadn't had the species in the bush above the farm where I grew up I probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble; however in a milder climate and on naturally acid soils I think it has potential. It is for example non-toxic, unlike yew (Taxus spp). It has been suggested as a replacement for Taxus hedging in New Zealand, though I have no experience of that myself so I don't know how hard it can be trimmed.
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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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