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Chamaedorea tepejilote

Pacaya Palm

The elegance of this palm combined with the positive attributes it shares with others in the genus (low light tolerance and easy care nature) certainly make the Pacaya palm one to try. Its stems can grow to 10cm (4") in diameter and its dark green, spreading leaves give it a unique appearance. Very fast growing and suitable for warm temperate as well as tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
30% germination rate under indifferent care. Just popped them into a container of moist soil, kept warm, no special coddling.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
These are very easy seeds to germinate. Remove all the flesh, soak in water for 7 to 14 days changing water daily. Maintain warmth, above 20c. min. After soaking put seeds in spagium moss which contains about 10% moisture. Once germinated, plant out in a good seedling raising soil.
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Fresh seeds will germinate quickly and all at once when bottom heat is used. In the absence of bottom heat they will be slower in germination and soporific and not all come up at once. Very vigorous seedlings respond to light fertilization.
Submitted by Don Martin donpalms@aol.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In naples in italy they need much care and grow fast.
really very nice, and very easy to grow
Submitted on 30/09/2013 by giuseppe

... are of excellent ornamental value
In santa barbara/ventura in usa they need average care and grow slow.
Have several planted in the ground at 1900' elevation on the santa barbara/ ventura county line,on the coast, in california. They are pretty slow (1 to 2 fronds a year). I try to water as much as possible but can handle a little drought.. Do not plant in direct sun or will burn . They have been growing for 5+ years
Submitted on 21/04/2012 by mike organista--rincon mountain palms

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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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