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Bactris grayumi

From Nicaragua and Costa Rica comes this delightful and rare dwarf species with undivided or sparsely pinnate leaves.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I bought 10 of these tiny seeds. Soaked in room temp tap water for 3 days. I half-filled a smallish ziploc bag with moist coco-peat and placed the bag behind my freezer. The first seed germinated after only 3 weeks and all nine ( I lost one somewhere ) had germinated within 2.5 months. 100% germination!
Submitted on 22/06/2005 by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edcon.co.za

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Sprouts in just 2 weeks, in a plastic bag 50% peat 50% sand temperature : 25° C. October 2005
Submitted on 27/10/2005 by jp jp@brigand.net

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These seeds are very tough to germinate. Soak in water for at least 48 hour then refrigerate of 72 hours. Sow, and keep dry. Do not let it completly dry out. It requires very little water to germinate. Very touchy. Requires alot of patience.
Submitted on 22/02/2004 by Windy Crissinger windyscleaning@earthlink.net

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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.

We recommend:
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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