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Syagrus macrocarpa

Maria Rosa Palm

A medium-sized palm from southeastern Brazil with a slender trunk to 8 m (27 ft.) tall, topped by a crown of beautiful, elegantly arching, feathery leaves with curly leaflets. Syagrus macrocarpa is a highly ornamental palm, as easy and rewarding to grow as the Queen Palm, and has enormous potential for horticulture. It will easily adapt to cultivation in warm temperate as well as tropical areas. As one of the rarest of all Syagrus, both in the wild where it faces the threat of extinction and in cultivation, seeds of this species are hardly ever available.

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... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I ordered ten seeds (received 11) from Toby and began my usual germination practice of placing wet Spanish moss in a loose bag with a little copper sulfate. Kept in warm (>85f. 29c. ) ambient temperatures. I have constucted a germination box on top of my water-heater for winter germination. I had one seed germinate within the first thirty days. I have not seen any other seeds throw after ten months. The one seed has grown quite well. I will continue to hold on to the remaining seeds for a few more months. I read somewhere that this species has about a ten percent germ. rate. I guess that's what I got. I would suggest ordering more than ten if you want to start more than a couple of these really nice Syagrus.
Submitted on 15/11/2009 by Justin McSweeny

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Used a ziplock bag with neemcior at around 30 degrees Celcius. 5 out of 10 seeds germinated after about 3 weeks, the rest shows no sign of germination after about 2 months.
Submitted on 16/07/2009 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Soaked the seeds for one week in tap water and placed them in a freezer bag with filled with peat moss wetted with a fungicide solution. Seeds were kept outside in the shade during the summer (~ 80 F to 95 F)and inside during the winter (~ 60 F to 80 F). Two seeds germinated within 3 months, 3 seeds within 6 months and 3 within 12 months. I still expect the last two seeds to germinate. A wetter medium seems to improve the germintion rate on this variety but be sure and use sufficient fungicide.
Submitted on 05/06/105 by Don Truman truman@icsi.net

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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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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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