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Garcinia macrophylla (= Rheedia m.)

A small fruit tree native to Central and South America that produces copious amounts of yellow fruit with edible arils that have a delicious, sweet taste. It is a very adaptable plant that will grow in any tropical or warm temperate climate in USDA Zones 10 and above.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
It may take longer to germinate the seeds, but they germinate well in a mixture of 2/3 peat and 1/3 perlite. Seeds are large, being about 2 to 3 cm in length. If they are very fresh, right out of the fruit, let set a few days in shade but if you have received them from another source, plant them immediately. You can use a six inch or 8 inch pot. Seeds are oblong, push them into mix so that about an inch of mix is covering them. Put 2 seeds in 6 inch pot or up to 6 seeds in 8 inch pot. Keep moist and warm continually. Sun landing on pot surfaces is fine, but do not let the mix dry out. Eventually, you will have a single thick shoot push out which looks almost like a birthday candle coming up that is brown. There is no bending to the stalk, but it will push up and within a few inches, two leaves from the top of the stalk will sprout. Although others have said you need a deep container, you don't. However, you will need to get your seedling out of the smaller pot when it has 4 leaves and gently transplant it to a larger pot. I have found that fresh seeds generally sprout faster, and with some scarification, you can speed the process, but it is not required, and these are not hard to sprout.
Submitted on 06/03/2013 by Kim Magnuson

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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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