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Vigna caracalla (= Phaseolus caracalla)

Corkscrew Vine

An attractive vine native to tropical South and Central America with pretty and fragrant purple flowers. It is hardy in USDA Zones 9 and above but leaves are usually deciduous and shoots may die back after a freeze.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I had great success germinating my seeds. I first took a metal nail file and filed down the outer shell of the seed just until I seen a little white. Next I soaked it in a shot glass of warm water over night. I then put it in a small flower pot of damp (not wet) 50% potting soil 50% peat. I then placed the pot in a plastic baggie and placed it under my plant light and within two weeks I had a sprout. I live in cold weather so I bring it into my garage for the winter. Be patient and you will have one of the prettiest, interesting and very fragrant plants that will be the envy of your neighbors!
Submitted on 24/10/2013 by Lenore

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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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