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Syagrus schizophylla

Arikury Palm

The true virtues of this dwarf Syagrus as an ornamental have not yet been fully appreciated. Native to the Atlantic coast of central Brazil, where it grows in coastal forest on sandy soils, it produces a short, slender trunk that carries a small, dense, upright crown of glossy green feather leaves with stiff, very leathery segments. In cultivation, it grows well in the warm temperate or tropical garden, where it will withstand considerable coastal exposure, or as an indoor palm that tolerates a lot of neglect and dry air. Plants start flowering when still young, and the inch-long, coconut-like fruits considerably add to its charm.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
when they start sprouting, they all start 1 by one then in groups, i had a clear plastic large tray with a lid, and they were in the sun, the seeds were shaded from sphagnum moss, and i kept them a little wet, the roots at the bottom of the tray were telling me they wanted to be planted out soon, even thought the leaves were tiny, they like growing roots, lovely to grow. 80% grew
Submitted on 21/11/2009 by Adam-Grant SydneyPalms.com.au

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I was very lucky to obtain about seeds 20 from this beautiful palm. I live in the Netherlands and palms like this don't grow in our climate. I picked them fresh from a tree in a glasshouse. The fruit smells really great and I read that it's eddible. I removeved the fruit and cleaned them thoroughly with a brush. The seeds look exactly like a little coconut, only a lot smaller. Then I soked them for three days in water, refreshing the water twice a day. After soking I planted them in deep pots, half burried. After only 4 weeks allmost all of the seeds had a little white bump showing in one of their 3 pores. I was amazed that such large seeds germinated in so little time!
Submitted on 06/11/2006 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Soaked for about a week, changing water daily, then bagged in Junglegrowth/Miracle Grow mix. Kept in a large container with heating pad to maintain warmth. Almost five months along and no results yet. Seeds seemed fresh, so will continue.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This like most of the Syagrus species have no special requirement for germination. Soak for up to 14days changing the water daily. All ten have germinated with two of them having been placed insitu and of course are the fastest ones growing.Just follow basic germinating practises
Submitted on 06/12/2002 by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

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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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