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Syagrus yungasensis

A recently described, beautiful and very rare small Syagrus from the Yungas region of Bolivia that growns to only about 5 m (17 ft) tall. With its very slim trunk and elegantly arching fronds it has been described as the 'Phoenix roebelenii of the genus Syagrus'. It's a palm that everyone will want to grow and since it is in some danger in its native Bolivia from road development and construction, it is perhaps a palm that everyone SHOULD grow. The narrow valleys where it grows go for long periods with no rain, a clue to its requirements in cultivation. Finally, it should be reasonably hardy to cold since it occurs at elevations of up to 1000 m (3300 ft.) a.s.l.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked for seven (7) days, placed in sealed plastic bags half-filled with potting soil (composted pine bark) at 75 degrees Farenheit; most started sprouting within ten days; a few laggards are still sprouting. Some seedlings stayed in plastic bags for several months, growing larger first leaves than those removed early. No signs of stress being placed outdoors, even those introduced to 95-99 degree F daytime heat!
Submitted on 21/09/2002 by Ernest Guzman EGuzman797@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These are easy to germinate. A word of advice, though; beware of animals eating the seedlings if you are raising them outdoors. protect them, as mine were all gobbled up. The only ones of many seedlings residing in my outdoor collection. Presoak for two days. Then incubate for 5-9 weeks.
Submitted by Justin McSweeny Ggrrasshopper

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Out Of 10 Seeds, I have had six Germinate so Far (8 weeks of 'incubation') Un fortunatly I took the young sprouts outside to mature. Within 3 days, some critter ate my seedlings. Conclusion, easy to germinate; just watch out for midnight snackers! I have recently had another seed sprout. I am hoping to Bring this one through.
Submitted by Justin McSweeny Ggrrasshopper@AOL.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds in water for one week, changing it twice daily. Seeds must have been very fresh. They germinated in two weeks to a month in vermiculite and perlite. Ambient temperatures in my garage. Daytime approximately 90-95 degrees F, and at night 75-80 degrees F. They send a long root down and it takes an additional month for leaves to emerge.
Submitted by Dan Cox dccox3@msn.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Venice in USA they need average care and grow very slow.
I have two 1' tall seedlings (one year in ground) in Venice, Florida, one in sun and one in shade. They are growing in pure sand (with Lesco Fert. ), and they are watered at least twice a week. The one in the shade is growing much faster and it always looks good. Winter 08/09 brought only one night of cold to Venice (23 degrees F). Neither of them were covered and there was no damage! I hope I live long enough to see some trunk...
Submitted on 26/07/2009 by one of our visitors

In Los Angeles area in USA they need average care and grow very slow.
Had this as a seedling, mail order from Hawaii, about 3 years now in Southern California. It is very slow so far... slower than any other Syagrus species I have grown. It is a bit cold sensitive here, getting spotting on the leaflets when temps go below 32F. No experience with temps below 28F yet, but survived that experience. Plant has been in the ground now about a year and puts out a thin strap leaf about once every 8 months.
Submitted on 17/07/2006 by Geoff palmeranian1@aol.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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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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