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Parajubaea torallyi var. microcarpa

Bolivian Mountain Coconut

Parajubaea torallyi is one of the most stunning of all palms, combining the majestic appearance of a Jubaea with the robustness and speed of growth of a Syagrus. Native to Bolivia, it grows in the dry and dusty, interandean valleys to over 3000 m (10000 ft.). There are two disjunct populations that differ mainly in fruit size and have recently been described as two distinct varieties, the small fruited P. torallyi var. microcarpa and the large-fruited P. torallyi var. torallyi. While not drastically different in appearance, var. microcarpa does not reach quite the dimensions of its large fruited cousin, but in terms of adaptability and robustness, it falls nothing short of it. The much smaller size of the seeds of var. microcarpa reflects in their price, making it by far the more economical of the two to grow from seed. The seeds have an unfair reputation of being very unreliable to germinate. Our own trials with fresh and mature seeds have shown that it does not deserve this reputation. While we indeed found germination to be somewhat erratic, we also found that seeds will eventually sprout quite happily when sown under proper conditions, i.e. on the surface of seed beds, buried only halfway, and kept only slightly moist. With proper care, in a cool temperate to mild subtropical climate and a place in full sun, seedlings will quickly develop into tall, robust-trunked palms with a large, shuttlecock-like crowns of finely pinnate, leathery leaves. Its tolerance to drought, heat, cold, frost, and other adverse conditions and ability to maintain a great appearance causes some to say that this legendary palm not only has enormous potential as an ornamental, but that it could become one of the most desirable landscaping palms for warm temperate and subtropical areas. Please compare our prices. Our competition offers these seeds for almost twice of what we are asking!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
bought 10 seed from here. broke outer shell and planted it a pot of humas,and course sand and pee gravel in 3 weeks got it to sprout. so far the best results for palm by far. I will do the same with the rest of the seed and post the results on them later.
Submitted on 09/08/2006 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Eay enough, but you need patience, basically try everything!!!I soaked for 3 days then sowed in a 50/50 perlite and ,multipurpose compost in a plastic bag.After a month or so I dried the seeds out for a few days then chucked in the fridge for a month, then various spells of airing cupboard/greenhouse , they seem to need variations of temp and hot temps to germ.
Submitted on 08/07/2004 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.

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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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