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Geonoma schottiana

Guarika Palm

Quite widespread in montane forests over eastern Brazil, this species grows at altitudes of up to 1600m (5000ft), making it another valuable subject for low-light situations in warm temperate and subtropical areas. It will tolerate light frosts. Geonoma schottiana has a slender, solitary or clustering stem that can reach up to 4m (13ft) tall. The arching leaves bear numerous velvety green, narrow and sickle-shaped leaflets.

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...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I used a 50/50 mix of vermiculite and perlite in tupperware at around 30C to germinate the seeds and transferred the sprouts to a community pot held at the same temperature. Germination occurred within 1 month, and the first leaves after about 2 months
Submitted on 13/06/2005 by Chris King cdk_aus@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I used the baggie method to germinate the seeds. They were quick to germinate (2-3 weeks). However, after I potted them up, it took nearly 5 months for them to send up the first green stem.
Submitted on 18/06/2003 by one of our visitors

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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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