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Parajubaea sunkha

Zunca Palm

Native only to a few remote, dry valleys in the foothills of the Andes, theZunca Palm has frequently been confused with Parajubaea torallyi and has only recently been described as a separate species by Bolivian botanist Monica Moraes. P. sunkha grows at lower elevations (1700 to 2200 m (5600 to 7200 ft.)) than any other Parajubaea, making it more suitable for warm and dry areas such as Southern California, Spain or Sicily. Like all Parajubaea, however, it prefers milder type climates and will not grow in tropical areas. In general appearance, P. sunkha resembles P. cocoides from Ecuador. In its native areas it has become quite rare due to land clearing for agriculture and over exploitation as a source of fibers, which are produced in copious amounts by the leafbases of the palm. While we cannot claim to be the first to offer this rare species, do be aware that our competition offers these seeds for more than twice our price!

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds in bathtub for a week at 25-30 deg C recirculating water and changing daily adding some liquid bleach.Placed into triple garbage bags with squeezed sphagnum.Put bags into fish tank with heating mat at 25 deg C covered over with foam and bubble wrap then a lid over tank.Germination starts within one month continuing for summer.Remove seeds after 50mm root and plant.Let seeds dry and cool over winter then re-soak for spring and repeat process,happy times!
Submitted on 28/09/2007 by scott cumberland scott.cumberland@visionstream.com.au

... are easy to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Soak for three days changing water daily. Place in garbage bag with slightly moist sphagnum 50/50.Put in sealed fish tank with 20/25 deg C bottom heat with several layers of bubble wrap over. First germination after six months and ongoing. If no germination re-soak and try again. 30% germination after 1 year.
Submitted on 02/07/2007 by SCOTT CUMBERLAND scott.cumberland@visionstream.com.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I made a study for germination. One of two seeds germinated the following situation. Plastic bag and vermiculite, slightly moist. Put the bag into a black bag. Putting on dash board of my car. Temp changing from 10-35C every day (now we are in spring). On the other hand, there are no germination of eight seeds in same plastic bag setting in a greenhouse.
Submitted on 01/06/2005 by YOSHIDA Masami je9vst@yahoo.co.jp

...need more than 1 year to sprout.
Had one seed germinate so far. I purchased the seed in August. I put the seed in a 1 gallon nursery container filled with 50% vermiculite and 50% perlite. This container is covered with a piece of clear plastic and the soil is keep slightly damp. I leave out on the patio, in Tucson, Az. I purchased some last year and have had five germinate. They are something you forget about and have an occasional surprise.
Submitted on 19/11/2003 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
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