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Chamaedorea seifrizii

Bamboo Palm

So well known it hardly needs any description, these seeds are wild-collected, unlike many which come
from cultivated sources and are thus almost without exeption hybridised. Perfect interior plant, tolerant of low light and general abuse.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
this seeds is quite long to have germinateI bought this species of seeds(Chamaedorea seifrizii) in FebruaryAt first,I soaked the seeds in a cup of water. After one week. The seeds colour changed from grey to deep grey and the size is larger than before. Then,I sowed the seeds in a pot of soil on Valentine day. The weather Was colded in February. Until March,the weather become warm. Finally,the seeds started to germinate in the end of May. When I saw the sprout,I was very happy. The leaves was V-shaped,it standed for Victory. so,I think everyone who are interested in palm should have a try in this specie
Submitted on 23/08/2009 by Edwin Yiu

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
i placed them in a zip-lock w/moist spagnum moss. not even 3 months later, they ALL sprouted. i waited about 2 months more then planted them. they are doing GREAT.
Submitted on 19/05/2008 by brandy

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
soaked in water for 5 days and then to baggies with sphagnum; temp. around 93°F (33°C) first seed germinated after 103 days and continued for 157
Submitted on 27/08/2004 by Jon Agust Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
easy to germinate: it only took 4 to 6 weeks using a perlite and spagnum 40 60 mixture in a baggy sqeezing all the excess water from mixture. placed bag in cabinet over oven in kitchen. I picked fresh seed from my potted specimen plant. I had very good germination rates of over 90 percent. You do have to be careful transplanting. I lost several in 2 inch cone trays, I had better results in the regular 6-pack type nursury trays, and 2 inch pots. 100% survived.
Submitted on 01/06/2004 by Ed Mijares ed.mijares@boeing.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I acquired this plant from my brother in law when he moved out of state, and it was pretty wimpy.. Since I've had it, it's seeded twice and I take the seeds and place them back in the pot. I now have a beautiful Bamboo Palm that stands about 6ft tall and around 2ft wide with multiple new plants sprouts, which gives it alot of fullness, at the base of my pot. My pot is 5 gallons and should hold this towering beautify for sometime. I've found that you can also take the new sprouts from the main stalk and transplant them into other pots to start new plants. By placing this plant is a well lit room.. you are guaranteed great results
Submitted on 26/10/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Though the time to germination was somewhat long, the seeds were easy to germinate. Seeds were placed in soil at 1/4" depth and kept moist. Bottom heat and scarification may speed germination but I haven't tried this. Once the seeds germinate the palm is fast growing. Within 4 months new shoots will emerge.
Submitted on 09/04/2003 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Northern California in USA they need average care and grow normal.
This palm is a clumping palm that requires some shade and will not grow in full sun. While the literature states that it required Zone 10, it grows in protected areas (especially near a building with protection) in Zone 9b. It clumps readily with sufficient water, but requires adequate drainage. Suggest a good cactus mix with additional peat and perlite. The plant will grow to over 10 feet and throw multiple new shoots. This palm is easy to grow for most palm enthusiasts.
Submitted on 12/03/2007 by John Case johnacase@comcast.net

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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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