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Zamia floridana


A small cycad with a creeping, branching rootstock and compact tufts of grass green, palmlike leaves. An excellent ground cover for warm temperate to tropical areas and a neat and tough container plant for a bright spot indoors.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This was one of the easiest cycad seeds to germinate. I planted 20 fresh seeds in a baggy using a sterile potting soil medium and placed it at a temperature of about 75F. They started to root less than on month later, and all of them were germinating within 3 months. I had 100% germination.
Submitted on 22/05/2007 by David Lingenfelser papa_fruity@msn.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I put seeds under a damp leaf compost at the base of my banana tree. In about 2 months almost all seeds had germinated without any help from me. The natural environment was just right for them.
Submitted on 12/07/2006 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I got these seeds from a friend and they were very fresh.i used vermiculite and buried allthe seeds in it, about one cm under the vermiculite.i putted the container in a window where it get sun by the glass, so it is hot, and kept the container humid.it took about two months for the first leaves to emerge.
Submitted on 23/05/2004 by Paulo Hanke canillabscompany@yahoo.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In coral gables in usa they need little care and grow slow.
I have them growing in full sun and shade, but the mix of the two is best. In the full sun, they sprout once a year if that, and short sprouts at that. They also don't have the same full lush green color as it is more brown and scragully. Too much shade and long thin sprout that is weak and bendable, often getting bent and not so nice. It likes water and in a combination settingof lite and shade,it will make a fabulous, lush sprout. Snails and a rare fl. butterfly love to eat freash sprouts, so be ready to protect.
Submitted on 01/09/2008 by rush

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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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