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Yucca whipplei

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Because of some unique characteristics, this plant is thought by some authors to be forming its own genus, Hesperoyucca. Indeed, it unites some features of Agave, Yucca and Hesperaloe and its flowers, though superficially much like those of other Yucca, are easily set apart on closer inspection. Yucca whipplei forms a stunning, dense rosette of countless, narrow, silvery blue leaves but remains trunkless. Once at flowering size, usually after 4 to 8 years, it spends all its resources to push out an enormous and magnificent inflorescence that can reach more than 5 m (16 ft.) tall. Once fruiting is completed, the plant slowly dies. Native to the mountains of Southern California and northwesternmost Mexico to a stunning 2400 m (7800 ft.), it is hardy to drought as well as severe freezes and does best in a sunny spot on well drained ground.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I've been germinating this yucca since I discovered the plant in the hills of Baja California 3 years ago and have a reforestation program in a housing development here in Mexico using this plant and other native species. At first, germination was an accident since I just thought it would be hard to germinate the seeds, then I systematically germinate seed in a soil mix prepared with sand, clay and soil found on the same hills I found my first seeds. This plant is very easy to germinate and care, just note that in my first formal attempt to germinate 50 seeds I got 48 seedlings!
Submitted on 17/04/2011 by Miguel Franco

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Surface sown on soil based compost, lightly covered with grit, placed in a cold greenhouse and lightly watered. Germination usually in less than a week.
Submitted on 16/07/2007 by Gary Fisher

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds should be soaked in water and kept in a warm place for one or two days.They can then be placed into small pots or directly into the ground.They will resemble a blade of grass when they first come up.
Submitted on 10/02/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Surface sown on soil based compost, lightly covered with grit, placed in a cold greenhouse and lightly watered. Germination usually in less than a week.
Submitted on 16/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In South Worcestershire in U.K. they need little care and grow normal.
There are several plants of this sp. from a variety of collections growing in a very well drained raised bed in full sun. The medium is virtually soiless, being a mixture of sand and small stones. In the building trade in the U.K. it is called 'As Dug'. Because of it's free draining nature it does need fertiliser twice a year. A surface granular one is used. No watering is done, and no overhead protection given. They have been there two years and are now twice the size.There is also one plant planted in ordinary soil on a gently sloping site that is growing just as well.Temperatures as low as -11C, snow as deep as 10cm.
Submitted on 16/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

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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
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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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