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Butia eriospatha

Woolly Jelly Palm

At first sight looking much like Butia capitata it is immediately distinguishable by its woolly inflorescence spathe. Indeed the red-brown colouration of this rather thick fur is visible from quite a distance and renders identification quite easy. This attractive feature, together with the fact that it is probably the most cold hardy in the genus, makes it an excellent proposition for the temperate garden. Butia eriospatha comes from extreme southern Brazil where it grows up to about 1200m (4000ft). Seeds should be stored in a dry cool place for several weeks before sowing to produce optimum results, which should then be at least 80%.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds with nitrozyme for 1 day and sowed them in a ziplock bag. The bag was placed on a warm place above an aquarium. The first germination started within a month.
Submitted on 22/03/2009 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I stored the dry seeds in the fridge for about 2 weeks and then placed them into a big glass jar filled with perlite, sitting on a heating pad at night. While on the heating pad the temperature inside was about 35deg C and during the day the jar was moved off the pad and left at room temperature. First seed germinated after 2 weeks, and about 70% after 1.5 months. Many seeds produced twins, but about 20% of the seeds didn't germinate at all. I found this species easier and less erratic to germinate than B. capitata and the seedlings are very vigorous growers even at 18 deg C.
Submitted on 25/03/2007 by Marian Kubes maros@ltc.sk

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I pick 5 fruit from older palm. Seed must be fresh to germinate. I try two way of growing this seed. I use a zip lock bag add some soil in the bag and put seed in the bag. The other way I use a black pot and some soil. I keep the baggy in my room and the pot left it outside. The seed took about 2 month to grow their frist leave.
Submitted on 31/01/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I recieved 10 seeds and the first seed germinated after only 3 weeks. I put them in large petri-dishes (from the laboratory I work for) with special germinating ground and put the petri-dishes on top of my aquarium. The heat from the lamp was turned off automatically at 10 o' clock in the evening and on at 7 o'clock in mornig. So at night there was no additional heat, though my room temperature will not get underneath 21 Celcius. The rest of the seeds, except for one, germinated about a week or two later. I live in the Netherlands, where I hope to grow this palm outdoors because of it's cold-haryness.
Submitted on 06/11/2006 by one of our visitors

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
This species was sown in a prepared outdoor bed with a 50% to 50% red clay and soil conditioner mix. Seeds were sowed in fall 04 and left unprotected all winter. Germination was poor with only 1% success with this method.
Submitted on 23/05/2006 by Jim Rodgers NearlyNativeNursery@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate.
I germinated my Butia Eriospatha seeds along with Capitata, Jubaea Chilensis, Cycads and several other seeds in one of my empty reptile tanks, which has a heat mat and a 60 watt lightbulb which are left on 24 hours a day. the temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees celcius. most of my seeds have started germinating after only a few weeks, Including all of the above named species.I just place the seeds in transparent plastic containers which i get when i have a chinese takeaway, mix them together with damp vermiculite.Maybe i have been so lucky because the heat is distributed from the top as well as the bottom.We don't get much sun here in Ireland so i had to compromise.
Submitted on 09/11/2004 by Darren Ward darrenward1@eircom.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
seeds germinated easily using baggy method. first seeds were sprouting after 5 weeks at 25c to 35c.
Submitted on 23/09/2004 by Dan Uzymirski danuzymirski@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
seeds buried deep in a pot with peat based compost, kept warm at around 20-25c, germinated after 8 months.
Submitted on 05/08/2004 by Vic Silver vic.s@breathe.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Pre-soak in warm water (35C, 95F) for a few days. (10% houshold bleach solution gives good fungus protection). Then place into a plastic bag of cocopeat also soaked in 10% solution of bleach. Medium should be damp but no excess moisture should be able to be squeezed out. Keep in a warm situation (35C, 95F). Germination should start after two months and be mostly finished by six.
Submitted on 06/03/2003 by Jeff Nugent palms@permacultureplants.com

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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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