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Welfia regia

Amargo Palm

An attractive, large palm with fabulous dark red new leaves and a huge, shuttlecock-like crown, the Amargo Palm is distributed in the Andes from Honduras southwards to Ecuador in tropical areas of high rainfall, and requires such in cultivation. The seeds, which are carried on curious, massive and thick-branched infructescences, are large, and only a limited quantity is available. Still very rare in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seeds survival of Welfia regia was higher during the period of community wide fruit scarcity
Submitted on 12/09/2005 by Avram Sorina asorina@home.ro

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds germinated very easily. 6 of 10 seeds so far. Only just burried seeds in coco peat kept at 32 degrees C. Allow a deeper germinating container as initial root growth is slow and can go deep. First seed germinated within 4 weeks of receiving seeds , the rest were sporadic over 2 - 4 months. The remaining seeds will be kept on heat.Slow to develope , all new growth is a beautiful maroon/red. first leaf is about to open , 4 months after sewing.
Submitted on 14/03/2005 by Jason Cox kamipalms@netscape.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Not much moisture is required for germination, in fact this palm is picky about fungus. Make sure that temperatures stay at the same rate as germination requirements as they tend to be very picky after sprouting. Slow to send up first leaf, but germination was 100% out of 10 seeds.
Submitted on 13/10/2003 by Jason Harkrider jhark6400@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked seeds for 24 hrs then placed in sealed bags with moist spagnum moss, temps were 85 - 100 f, germination started in a week and finished by about 6 weeks over 85% germinated
Submitted on 13/11/2002 by jason pasahow JPSE66@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
My experience with Welfia regia is limited. However, I purchased 100 seed and 94 have sprouted. My mixture of 50% pete and 50% vermiculite with almost no water seemed to work with almost 100% success. I use very little water, not even a drop could be squeezed from my fist. I have had many seeds rot in soil that I thought was dry enough. A ziplock bag will keep the soil moist enough for the duration needed for germination. This was about three weeks in my case. I kept the bag at about 95 to 97 degrees F. during the day and allowed it to drop to about 87 to 90 degrees F. during the night. This task is controled by an electric heater. Good Luck
Submitted on 30/08/2002 by Philip Jones milwood@ibl.bm

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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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