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Bactris setulosa

Jingapá Palm

A mildly clustering, slender stemmed Bactris from the northwesternmost corner of South America in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad, where it grows in rainforests between sea level and 1800 m (5900 ft.) in the Andes mountains, making it one of the most cool-tolerant species in the genus. With up to 17 m (57 ft.) tall, it is also one of the largest Bactris, and, despite being somewhat spiny, a beautiful ornamental, similar to B. gasipaes.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for 3 days in water and placed them in a large plastic bottle (5l) on a thin layer of garden soil (5mm) in partialy shade. After six weeks of waiting without any result, I deciced to brake the shell of one of the seeds, planted the kernel and it started sprouting after about 2 weeks. (place Philippines, temperatures around 30° C)The key is probably to remove the shell first.
Submitted on 25/09/2009 by Jan VERBEECK

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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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