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Syagrus flexuosa

Acumã Palm

From eastern and central Brazil (to 1200m / 3900ft a.s.l.) comes this unusual, clustering Syagrus. It grows only one to five metres (3 to 16 feet) tall, with slim trunks, just 2 or 3 inches through, and pretty, plumose leaves AND a bonus of edible fruits!. It is really attractive as an ornamental and should be more widely grown. Just perfect as a specimen in a small lawn in warm temperate to tropical areas.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked the seeds in nitrozyme for 1 day and put them in a ziplock bag with neemcoir. The bag was placed on a warm place on an aquarium. First germination occured after a few weeks. Pretty easy for a Syagrus...
Submitted on 22/03/2009 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I have not had much luck yet with this species... Soaked all seeds for two days, then placed the seeds in baggies with moist cactus mix. After 9 mos, only 3 out of 10 seeds have germinated, and only 1 of those is still growing- slowly.
Submitted on 20/10/2004 by Will willgillis@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 24hrs, then put in a lightly moist peat/perlite mix. First roots appeared after 30 days, slow to send up a shoot. If your using bag technique, make sure that you have a deep amout of mix, this palm sends a rather large sinker root down first. Germination was 90% out of 10 seeds.
Submitted on 05/07/2003 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.

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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