Beaucarnea Recurvata - Seeds and Germination


We must be patient if we want to grow Beaucarnea Recurvata from seeds. They need lots of time and cares. But if you do it, you will be rewarded.

Previous treatments
Rub one side of the seed with a nail file until a pale spot forms. Do not rub all the way through the seed coat because the seed will not germinate. 
After that scarify the seed in warm water for 24 hours.

Soil
The ideal substrate isa mixture of 4 parts coarse sand, 2 parts milled peat, 1 part perlite and 1 part sterile potting soil.
Mix and water it well. Drain the mixture, pressing to expel all the water.
The soil has to be wet but no waterlogged.
Fill with the soil the container chosen to sow the seeds.

Sowing
Put the seeds on the substrate, leaving two cm between them.
Cover with a layer of soil equal to the thickness of the seed.

Environment
The seeds may take 1-2 months to germinate under perfect conditions.
For all that time we have to keep constant moisture and temperature.
Arrange the pots on a heating mat and cover them with a loose sheet of clear plastic wrap. Place the mat near a large window with unfiltered sun. Set the temperature on the warming mat to around 25ºC.

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