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Psychotria poeppigiana

Hot Lips

A member of Rubiaceae, the coffee family, this large shrub is widely distributed in tropical forests from southern Mexico to northernmost Argentina. To attract its main pollinators, hummingbirds, its inconspicuous inflorescences are framed by two glossy, bright red bracts that look like a pair of pouting lips. An easily grown and attractive ornamental for the tropics, it also have a number of applications in traditional medicine.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Only got six out of over 100 to germinate over four months even with varying concentrations of Ga3. Still hoping for more to pop, but fresh undried seed would probably give better germ rates.
Submitted on 18/10/2012 by one of our visitors

... are very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
First & foremost, these seeds MUST be packaged in moist spagnum moss during shipment or remain in the berries the plant produces. If the seeds are allowed to dry out, the chances of germinating them by any means rapidly approaches zero.A 24 hour pre soak in 350 ppm of GA3 is suggested for fresh or seeds kept moist. A warm 27C (81F) growing environment would be ideal.
Submitted on 05/05/2012 by one of our visitors

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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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