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Chambeyronia macrocarpa

Famous for the incredible color of the newly opened leaf, this exciting and comparatively new-to-cultivation palm is easy to look after, performs well as an interior palm, and adds special something to the garden with its bright red, new leaves. Germination of the large seeds is quite fast and easy, and it is a robust, adaptable and steady grower. Mature plants sport a slender, ringed trunk and elegantly recurved, very thick and leathery leaves. Warm temperate to tropical climates suit it best and it can even take an occasional light frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to germinate using the 'baggie' method. Used just moist coco fibre and stored outside on my veranda where temperatures vary between 32 and 40c during the day. 9 out of 10 seeds germinated after just 3 weeks.
Submitted on 20/06/2010 by Nick C - Vietnam

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 (12) seeds from RPS. Put them in warm water overnite and then plant them individually in sandy, compost and cocofeed mix. Six pots were put in the shade the other six in a fuller sun. Temperature is between 30-38c. Gemination start for both experiment almost same as the other. I think they prefer a humind, moist and shady part to germinate well. But they are rather easy to germinate. Its a palm for the tropics really!!!
Submitted on 10/06/2010 by Joel de Sena

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Got 10 seeds from Rare Palm Seeds in March. Soaked for two days in water. Changed water every day. Then they were put in peat in a plastic box with lid. Kept at 30°C (86F). Started to germinate in 2 weeks. 100% germination.
Submitted on 25/10/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds are very easy to sprout. I planted them in one gallone pots in (gasp) commercial palm and cactus potting soil, and had 100% success. Please note though they do not tolerate too much light or high temperatures. When the outdoor temperature was sustained around 100 degrees F, I had to move them into more shade, and 80% of them ended up surviving and sent up several leaves within a very short time.
Submitted on 08/10/2008 by James Havey

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
After 3 months I got 97% of success. Seeds were sowed in a 50:50 mixture of peatmoss and topsoil. Seeds were watered three times per week and placed under a bench with other plants to avoid direct exposure to sun. Plants were repotted to a one gallon pot and they already have three leaves.
Submitted on 01/04/2007 by Andy J. febo andresanst@yahoo.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Had great success with this particular palm and with the company as a whole. I had ordered 20 seeds but found that I had recieved and extra seed in the mail. Actually, most of the species I had ordered came with a little extra seed. Upon arrival, I found that 4 seeds had already germinated in the plastic bag provided. All I did was soak the ungerminated seeds in water for 2-3 days and placed them in separate ziploc bags filled with moist pro-mix (60%Peat 40% Vermiculite). Kept in the oven (in OFF position) to keep at a temp of around 80F -85F. Within 2 weeks 8 had germinated. Leaving a rate of 12/21 within a month. Awesome palm tree, awesome company.
Submitted on 10/01/2007 by Mike miguelf_9@hotmail.com

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Great looking palm tree. Had lots of success with this one. Heat seems to be the key to get these seeds going. I included some instructions and different methods I used for germination below:1) Received 21 seeds in the mail 4 of which had already germinated.2) Soaked remaining seeds in water for 3 days replacing water ever day.3) Removed the husk from most of the seeds but left some on to ensure I do not damage all seeds.( the seeds that had germinated in the mail still had husks attached.)4) Placed all in plastic bags in different locations: A) Inside a stove (TURN OFF STOVE AND WAIT FOR TEMPERATURES TO DROP to at least 90 F - 4 of 6 germinated within 10 days after soak. Might be a pain to remove seeds every time you cook but this palm is highly worth the trouble and seems to germinate faster than the other 9 species of palms I ordered.B) Behind a plasma TV. Used heat from TV to help speed germination temperatures between 74F and 78 F - 1 of 2 germinated within 10 days after soak.C) Outside, in shade location during Bermuda winter @ Temp of 65-75 F. 1 of 9 germinated within 10 days after soak.D) The 4 which had germinated in the mail were placed in tall pots outside in the shade and seem to be doin ok. So far no leaves in two weeks but looking forward to see that red leaf.
Submitted on 12/12/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy 90% germinated within 1 month in Vermiculite in 40°C. ;)
Submitted on 30/07/2005 by Hamad Alfalasi Hmalfalasi@gmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Very easy mine germinated after I removed the husk and soaked 2 days, then into baggie in airing cupboard 3 germinated after 10 days
Submitted on 15/03/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have grown these palms twice already with great success. The first time was the summer of 2001. I had placed the seeds individually in plastic see-through cups in moist sphagum moss. I got five out of five seeds to germinate at my office at normal room temperature. I went on vacation on September 8, 2001 and three days later my office was abandoned by my company since we were only one block away from the World Trade Center in New York City. When we were finally allowed to retrieve our personal items, I found out my plants had been thrown out. I ordered them again when they became available around Christmas. The order arrived in early February 2002 and I again tried the same method. For some reason, the seeds came this time in some type of growing medium, where as the first time they were just in the plastic bag. After trying four of the seeds in plastic cups, I left the rest of them in the original plastic bag and placed them on the shelf of my TV cabinet, next to the Cable TV box. Two weeks later, much to my surprise, I happened to pick up the bag and found that two of the seeds had sprouted roots and a baby shoot. Apparently, the warmth from the Cable TV box provided a stimulous to the seeds. I planted them in pots and they are doing great.
Submitted on 20/02/2002 by Ronald I. Garber rongar7@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Clean the large fruit carefully and carefully try to scratch the surface with a knife. Presoak 1-3 days in warm water. Keep moist at 25- 30°C. Use Pots with 10 cm diameter for better results. Usually 50-80% germination quota after 1 month.
Submitted by Thomas Foltyn t@chello.at

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
A new batch of seeds was presoaked for one week. Half of it allowed to germinate in sterile media, 100% moisture and 25°C temperature. First germination occurred in 30 days and has continued over 2 months. Still 30% ungerminated seeds. The other half was sown in normal garden soil and kept without heat. Day temperature varies from 15 to 30°C and night falls between 10 and 15°C. So far, 50% germinated seeds.
Submitted by Jose M. Zerolo ea8ck@inicia.es

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seed presoaked for one week. Planted in Spagnum moss, 25°C, 100% humidity. Germinated 75% after 3 months. Some seedlings showing red eophyll (STRIKING GOOD!)Rest of seed looking healthy but no sign of germination.
Submitted by Jose in Tenerife ea8ck@inicia.es

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
That is something more difficult than expected. One of 10 germinated, slow to start; perhaps not enough fresh seeds???Seed were presoaked in water for 24 hours and then laid 70% burried in moist media at monitored 30C. One seed germinated after one month, the other 9 are still like the first day. No signs of activity after a 2nd month.
Submitted by JOSE M. ZEROLO ea8ck@inicia.es

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I bought 10 CM in fabruary 2001.Nine of them germinated in april/mai 01, every couple of days one of them.(Germination in a dark climate chamber @ 30°C +-2,planted in a tupper-box with 100 % Kokohum wetted with light sparkeling mineral water-to avoid fungus and mildew-.)Actually (july 01) one has passed 20 cm (!) the others ranges between 5-20 cm.At some you can still see some red color, butno new leaf in real red color - I'am shurethat it will appear later.My favorite palm !
Submitted by Jens Bluetling JensBluetling@onlinehome.de

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Florida in USA they need average care and grow normal.
Have two in the ground that I grew from seeds ordered here. It's been two and half years since germination and both are about 30 inches high. Each new frond is a nice red. Both palms are in sandy soil, mulched and fertilized. Receive regular irrigation. A little on the thristy side. Color perks up in the rainy season. One is in a shader spot and has better color but no size difference. Unphased by hurricanes (small size) and a winter low of 37F.
Submitted on 22/03/2006 by Blake Crane blcran40@hotmail.com

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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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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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