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Syagrus picrophylla

Lent Coconut

From the Atlantic coastal forest in south-eastern Brazil hails this rarely grown palm. It is a medium-sized Syagrus and produces a sturdy but only about 7 m (23 ft) tall trunk that holds a compact crown of slightly arching, plumose leaves with rigid leaflets. This species holds great prospects for cultivation as an ornamental. It is very fast growing, robust, tolerant of cool temperatures and wind, easily transplanted and the seeds are easy to sprout. We are able to offer some excellent quality seeds, earlier samples of which produced over 80% germination.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I plant 5 of these seeds about 3yrs ago just in baggies, had very fast germination rate!sprouting after 2wks, def give it ago
Submitted on 16/05/2012 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds are very easy to germinate, isn't necessary treatment. They prefer humid soil and to keep the packings in the shade during the germination. The germination is high, 80% in less than 3 months, some others seeds can germinate one year later in periods high temperature. The palm growth is moderate.
Submitted on 03/05/2008 by Kelen Soares

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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.

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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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