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Attalea geraensis

Indaiá Palm

A nice, garden-sized Attalea that will produce an underground trunk and a spreading crown of up to eight neat, compact, flat leaves with stiff leaflets. It inhabits the highland savannas and dry forest in the south of Brazil and generally grows on sandy soils. The large fruits contain up to six edible seeds and are somewhat slow to germinate, but growth is fast and plants start fruiting after only a few years with curious flower spikes springing from the ground. Attalea geraensis is one of the hardiest and most robust species in this large genus and will require little attention in a warm temperate, subtropical or dry tropical climate.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Slow germination (from 3 months onwards)on individual pots with moist peat moss half burried. Temperature ranging 20-25ºC in heated tunnel. They send a long taproot before first leaves appear. (1to 6 seeds/fruit) Fruits were sown without cleaning and after 3 days presoak plus fungicide treatment. Seems to be a strong grower. No seedling loss till now and 30% germination after 3 months.
Submitted on 26/07/2002 by one of our visitors

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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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