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Chamaedorea microspadix

Bamboo Palm

A very pretty, small, clumping palm with thin stems up to 3 m (10 ft.) tall and just 1 cm in diameter, each topped by a crown of dark green, pinnate leaves. In the wild it forms dense colonies, and in cultivation it is useful as an undergrowth plant, tolerating quite deep shade. Small, round, bright red fruits are readily produced and add considerably to its attractiveness. Chamaedorea microspadix is best suited to temperate and subtropical climates and is one of the most cold tolerant Chamaedorea. It can take frost and prolonged cold down to -8°C/18°F unharmed.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
A friend give 12 Chamaedorea microspadix seeds very fresh from his garden. I Soaked them in the water for one day and I put them in good mixture. The temperature was about 25°C and can fall at 18°C the night. In 6 weeks I have 10 chamaedorea microspadix.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10% of seed germinated at 3 weeks. 100 seeds placed in Ziplock bag with moist peat only and no soaking beforehand. Maximum day temp was 95F-105F and 65F-75F minimum at night.
Submitted on 11/08/2004 by Al Freeburne FreeburnesHoney@cs.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I found these large seeds very easy to germinate I firstly removed all the husk by hand and then files a part of the seed slightly the seeds were then soaked in water changed daily for three days and then placed neat to the bioer they all germinated within a few weeks but were quite slow to then get their first leaves. They like to be kept fairly moist.
Submitted on 10/04/2003 by Lou Smith dia.smith@ntlworld.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.

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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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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