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Chamaedorea hooperiana

Maya Palm, Hooper's Palm

This beautiful, tightly clustering species, originally known only from a few enthusiasts collections before being rediscovered in 1989 in montane rainforest in Veracruz, Mexico, was named in honor of master palm collector Louis Hooper of California. With age, it can form a large group of slender, green stems that can reach 4 to 5 m (13 to 17 ft.) tall, each topped by a spreading crown of up to 7 flat, leathery, dark green leaves. It is a vigorous and very robust species that is easy to germinate and grow and more resistant than other clustering Chamaedorea to low humidity, mites and even light freezes due to its thick, leathery leaves. Tolerating low light and neglect it is also a prime choice for indoors but it will perform best outdoors under some canopy in the warm temperate garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I received the seeds fresh off a plant, I "planted" them in moist sphagnum moss only, in small sandwich bags, they germinated very well and seem to be very healthy, one thing I would like to add is that the bag was not in a warm or hot spot, as is usually recomended for germination, they were left at room temperature, they have done a lot better than my attempt to germinate seifrizii.
Submitted on 08/02/2010 by Matt Weiss

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Naples in Italy they need average care and grow normal.
the cultivation of chamaedorea hooperiana is easy, as the majority of species chamaedorea
Submitted on 09/12/2013 by gyuseppe

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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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