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Attalea colenda

This species is an absolutely stunning, but rarely cultivated, large landscape or avenue palm for the tropics or subtropics, from the somewhat dry coastal plains of Ecuador. It is probably the best and most elegant in the genus, with a smooth, light grey trunk and a very large, rounded crown of gracefully arching and self-cleaning leaves. The leaflets are stiff and evenly spaced and the leaf appears flat, giving the leaf a most beautiful shape. Coconut, eat your heart out!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered fresh 100 seeds and recieved about 135. Soaked them for a few days in bleachy water solution, and then rolled them in a fungicide mix ( copper, benomyl, therium, sulphur) placed them in baggies with coco coir and sand. Placed them in a warm outdoor garden shed (summer time) About 60% germinated within the first two months, about another 20% germinated in the third month. Rest have not germinated 9 months later. Transplanted with seed on top of tall container using fairly heavy soil, these palms have a deep sinker, they have since pushed up green eophyls, tough little guys these.
Submitted on 27/03/2010 by Jody Dziuba

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
One seed had already germinated on it's way here and was potted up immediately on arival. The rest of the seeds were soaked for 1 day in water and then put in a ziplock bag with neemcoir. After a few days at 30 degrees, 5 more had germinated. The other 4 are still in the baggy and show no signs of germination, about 4 weeks later. The seeds look more like a large Syagrus then an Attalea to me, though the only other Attalea I know is A. maripa, which has very different looking seeds.
Submitted on 18/07/2009 by one of our visitors

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Received my 10 seeds on 6-8-2009. Removed fibers to expose the three eyes (they look like miniature coconuts). Soaked for two days changing water once. Sowed on moist peat moss. The next day scarified each seed with a needle by CAREFULLY removing the brown layers in one of the eyes to expose the white embryo (hard to identify which eye but there is a slight difference compared to the other two). Do NOT let needle touch the embryo. Germination was instant after this step. As of 6-20-2009 six of them are already working their tap root into the peat moss.
Submitted on 20/06/2009 by Frank Lozada

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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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