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Syagrus botryophora

Pati Queen Palm

We are particularly proud to present this fantastic new palm from Brazil, which we think is one of the most promising introductions to cultivation, now commercially available for the first time ever. Syagrus botryophora grows a fairly slender, smooth, gray trunk to 18 m (60 ft) tall. The shapely crown consists of up to 15 long, very elegantly arching, pinnate leaves, each carrying up to 150 stiff, ascending leaflets per side, giving the leaf a distinct V-shape in cross section. The Pati Queen Palm is native to coastal eastern Brazil where it grows in forest. It has been sufficiently tested in cultivation over recent years and its countless virtues include fast growth, easy transplantability, adaptability to a wide range of climates from warm temperate to tropical, good cold tolerance for Zone 10 and higher, adaptability to coastal conditions, and easy germination (for a Syagrus). We feel that this palm has a great future in cultivation and could be used in a similar fashion to S. romanzoffiana; its ornamental qualities, however, are far more superior. Syagrus botryophora is still a very rare palm, in cultivation even more so than in its native Brazil, but we have managed to secure a reliable source of very fresh and high quality seeds for you at a fair price.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I cracked all of the endocarps (hard outside shells) by putting them in a vice and carefully squeezing until they popped. Then sowed the nut in 50/50 peat moss and pearlite. Temps in germ. box @ 85F to 102F. I got 50% germination in 20 days and the rest a week later. Some people say cracking the endocarp is not necessary but I experimented and it worked great.
Submitted on 10/05/2006 by Matt Bradford mattbradford1@cox.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
soak for 24 hrs then plant or place in moist spagnum moss will germinate in 6-8 weeks ,temps were 85-100 deg f ,100% germination success slow to send up first leaf but will speed up
Submitted on 13/11/2002 by jason pasahow JPSE66@aol.com

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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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