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Socratea exorrhiza

Curly stilt root Palm

Stunning and wonderful, this palm is noted for its huge stilt roots forming an open cone. Quite commonly encountered in Central and South America, it is a tall, slender growing species with plumose leaves, the segments of which are broad, split lengthwise and are strongly curled at the tips. tropical or warm subtropical climates with high rainfall suit it best. The most beautiful in the genus and rare as yet in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinates easily when seeds are fresh. Plants survived easily in warm weather however it appears one plant left indoors in winter did OK but another that encountered temperatures between 65 and 60 degrees fariegnheight, the plant immediately died. The following year the other plant was left outside and promptly died at temperatures betwen 65 and 60 degrees fareignheight. The plant when young is extremely sensative to rather minor cold. Once exposed to temperatures in the low 60's F, it seems to be too late, placing back in warmth, the plant will not recover.
Submitted on 14/04/2007 by Joseph Ayo joe@joeayo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
WOW. Easy! I thought they would not grow but after 30 days in a baggie of peat (kept very wet), they sprouted and now are seedlings about 3 weeks after sprouting. FAST EASY!
Submitted on 20/10/2004 by David liveplants@bellsouth.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked seeds in water for 24hrs planted in community bucket on 03/31/04 and individualy planted in 6" cones on 05/22/04 planted118pcs 110pcs germinated 4 still viable 4 rotted orlando,fl u.s.a
Submitted on 23/05/2004 by rob richter carolduchscher@msn.com

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
Of the ten seeds I recieved four have germinated, two in the incubater and two that I put straight into the garden. One in the garden has sence died and the two that germinated in the incubater (I put them in pots and they have sence died, the reason I dont know) The other one that is in the garden seems to be doing alright, so will keep my fingers crossed that it continues to stay alive. All the others are still in the incubater and havent germinated yet.
Submitted by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

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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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