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Syagrus cocoides

Jatá Palm

A highly ornamental, midsized palm with a very slender, solitary trunk, 2 to 9 m (7 to 30 ft.) tall and a dense crown of long, slightly plumose leaves with many narrow, arching leaflets. Native to rainforest and woodlands in northern Brazil, S. cocoides prefers a tropical or subtropical/warm temperate climate and can even handle an occasional light freeze. A beautiful, reliable, and very fast and easy growing palm that is suitable even for the small garden. It is still very rare in cultivation, probably due to the general unavailability of its seeds in the past. Highly recommended!

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I started with 8 fresh seeds from a nice specimen in Orlando, FL. I cleaned them of the fruit and placed them in a gallon ziploc bag with a peat-perlite mixture, lightly moistened. I then placed the bag on a heating pad set on the lowest setting. After just over two months, 7 out of 8 have germinated with first germination taking place in about 1 month. Subsequent growth is rather slow.
Submitted on 10/10/2004 by Frank Glavin frankglavin@comcast.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These are so easy to germinate. If you can't germinate these don't bother trying to grow palms. Follow common germination practises. In a frost free garden in a temperate Zone, just add warmth to about 15C. It doesn't matter what medium you use as long as its organic. Recycle!
Submitted on 06/07/2004 by The Palm Nut wendymike@optusnet.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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