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Brahea edulis

Guadalupe Palm

This strong growing, green-leaved cousin of the popular Blue Hesper palm, Brahea armata, comes from Guadalupe Island where its future survival is threatened by feral goats. It is suitable for temperate and dry subtropical climates and shows a good resistance to drought, cold, and frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were were lightly scarified and soaked for a week upon receipt. They were planted in a well-drained, organic mix, under lights with bottom heat, checked for germination once every 1-2 weeks. Germination (emergence of radicle) began about 3 months after planting, first leaf emergence noted 4+ months (irregular) after planting. Eight months after planting, I have nearly 70% germination, first leaves still emerging.
Submitted on 14/02/2009 by Eric Ulaszek

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Collected 4 fresh seeds from a nearby tree in May. Placed them in a pot outdoors in the shade and watered about once per week. Outdoor temps near 30C day and 15-20C at night. One of the four germinated in late July, none of the others have germinated or rotted yet.
Submitted on 27/09/2005 by Jack Sayers jack_sayers@sbcglobal.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I planted the seeds in regular potting soil after soaking them in tap water for a couple of days. I planted them in July and in October as temperatures started cooling off I put them on a heating mat. The first seed came up in January and I had 12 seedlings by March. Easy to germinate, just a little time consuming, but poor germination rate, 12 out of 34 seeds germinated.
Submitted on 26/09/2004 by Richard Himbarger himbarger@c-zone.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
9 seeds where colected in October 2002 under a plant in the neighbourhood. I assume that the seeds where at least 1 year old, lying on the ground. Within 3 weeks 1 roted and 1 germinated. 6 more seeds germinated during the next 3 weeks. I am still waiting for the last one. Seeds were soaked for 3 days in tap water and then put on wet cotton and wrapped with alu-foil. Temperature was around 20 - 25 deg c. I live in Athens Greece (USDA zone 9) and during last winter seeds must have been exposed to -3 deg C.
Submitted on 18/02/2003 by Andreas Zikos an_zikos@yahoo.gr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This seed germinates so easy! Here in Ventura California it self sows below trees. Use typical liner with peat moss vermiculite mixture or for a larger planting use large Tupperware container with peat mixture, moisten lightly, seal, keep in warm place and check every week until germination, remove sprout to pot. This tree is not as showy as it's cousin the Blue Hesper but has that classic palm look and stays small, 10-24 feet unlike Washingtonias. Great looking palm Good tasting fruit, too big for the birds, dogs love them!
Submitted on 08/03/2003 by Steve Andrews bananabobs@earthlink.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
9 seeds were collected in October from an adult speciment in Athens - Greece. They were soaked in tap water for 3 days. They where put in moist cotton and wraped with aluminium foil. Whithin 1 week the first seed sprouted. In the next 3 weeks 6 more seeds sprouted. One was "attacked" by fungi. I am still waiting for the last seed, after 1,5 month from collecting them.
Submitted on 17/11/2002 by Andreas Zikos zymarakos@yahoo.gr

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Germination of this species is long but not difficult. Usually a few germinate in the first season of sowing, while almost all will take a whole year. Don't give up!
Submitted on 10/11/2002 by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soaked in water for two days in mix of sand and humus,it was spring and i let them outside.in the midle of summer 80%came out,now in winter the other are still in containers waiting for spring.given the proper care they will not represent a difficult palm to germinate beside the fact that they are great.
Submitted on 27/11/2002 by joao carlos placido capelo joaocarloscapelo@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
they fairly easy to germinate i put mine in water for 24 hours and sow in a good compost.i put mine outside in the midle of spring and at the midle/end of summer they all came out.its a faily easy and very hardy palm.beautiful
Submitted on 17/11/2002 by joao carlos placido capelo joaocarloscapelo@hotmail.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In northern Illinois in USA they need much care and grow slow.
The following comments concern growing this palm as a container or house plant - I live far north of this species' winter hardiness. Brahea edulis makes a good container plant, slow-growing and tolerant of occasional lapses in care. Does best with well-drained potting mix, and at 41 degrees N, as much light as you can give this palm. During late spring/summer, place outdoors, gradually moving into full sun. Water as needed/fertilize regularly but at low strength. During winter, bring indoors before hard freeze (no damage from frosts (28-32degrees F). Winter quarters should be bright (greenhouse or south exposure) and cool; keep on dry side. A darker room with constantly moist or saturated soil is fatal.
Submitted on 14/02/2009 by Eric Ulaszek

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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
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