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Yucca decipiens

Palma China

A large Yucca native to the Central Mexican High Plateau, where it is found on the fringes of the Chihuahuan Desert on rocky slopes between 1700 and 2700 m (5700 and 8600 ft.) elevation. It produces a sturdy trunk with a massive base, usually profusely branching in old trees. The very stiff, dull green leaves form a dense crown. It is similar to Yucca filifera but can easily be distinguished by its upright, rather than drooping inflorescence. It is hardy to drought and severe freezes.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purcha sed the seeds at rarepalmseeds as usual, and they (together with 5 other species) germinated within 14 days. I put the seeds in a mixture of spaghnum, sand, and garden soil;1:1:1. First year the seedlings will be kept indoors, but next year they will be on the terrace, wish me luck
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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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