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Puya venusta


A stunning, small Puya from central northern Chile that forms clusters of rosettes with bluish gray leaves that are toothed along the margins. The inflorescence is a tall, upright, bright red stalk with a round head that holds dark purple flowers.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak seeds in water for 24 hours or so. Carefully pour water off - perhaps through a coffee filter- and blot dry so you can actually sow them easily. I use a plastic clamshell container that has holes for drainage. Fill to within a centemetre of the top with a peat/vermiculite seed starter mix, moisten soil and let drain. Scatter seed evenly on the soil surface. The seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them after sowing. Give them a light misting, close the lid and place in a plastic bag in a warm bright spot. Not really sure how long it took but I think it was within a few months. Germination is quite even and seedlings don't seem to mind being crowded. Prick out into small pots when large enough to handle. I had so many I have been giving them away for 2 years now.
Submitted on 20/10/2011 by Judith McLauchlan

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Prepared a small plastic pot: filled loosely with damp NZ sphagnum moss, seeds sprinkled lightly into it, enclosed all in a clear plastic bag and set on a well lit shelf in the house... not in direct sunlight. No special attention given afterward, and the seeds germinated fairly uniformly after a month. They are now under a grow light, 12 hour day, still in the moss, but with the bag opened to allow air. At five months from sowing, they are 3/8" tall, and 1/2" across and seem quite happy.
Submitted on 28/02/2011 by Erik van Lennep

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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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