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Jubaea chilensis (Blue)

Chilean Wine Palm

This magnificent Jubaea differs slightly from the form commonly seen in cultivation in having leaves with a silvery-blue hue and consequently has been much sought after by growers and enthusiasts alike. It grows in the driest and most northerly part of the natural range of the wine palm in Chile and it is also the most threatened by desertification and development. This would be the form that tolerates the hottest and driest conditions in cultivation and also severe freezes like its greener cousin from further south.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Worth waiting for the growth of this beauty! With proper seeding and planting, and the right tender loving care, life will bloom and the outcome will be most rewarding! A gardener's dream!
Submitted on 22/03/2008 by Katheleen Cannella OKTuffyrascal@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds seem smaller with this form, and all 50 seeds floated in water. Soaked in warm water at 25C, all seeds sank over 5 days. Bagged with sphagnum and placed in heat unit at 25-30C. Germinations of 30% after 4 weeks and continuing.
Submitted on 10/08/2007 by one of our visitors

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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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