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Bactris gasipaes

Peach Palm

Most people have heard of the Peach palm's delicious fruit, but did you also know it is widely cultivated in South America for its heart-of-palm? Its clustering habit means that it continues to produce after the main stem is harvested. The palm itself (interestingly, unknown in the wild) is a very pretty feather palm, with fine and elegant leaves and very fast growing. Its spines may be considered a drawback, but carefully sited, it makes a valuable addition to any subtropical or tropical palm collection, and in suitable conditions will go on to produce both fruit and palm heart.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
very easy
Submitted on 31/07/2005 by Sebastian Londoño sebaslon@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to germinate. Cracked off outer shell and soaked in household bleach for 10 min. for fungus protection. Planted 1/2 inch under surface, 50% sand, 50% sphagnum moss.
Submitted on 20/03/2004 by Anton Chuidian wutang8364@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Some came already germinated in the mail. Those are the ones that continued to grow. The others never germinated. May not have been viable seeds.
Submitted on 04/03/2004 by Vincie Bowen alaye_98@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Key to success with these seeds is their freshness (as for other Bactris spp.). Out of 25 seeds that looked fresh, 4 germinated within 2,5 months of sowing in moist peat at constant 34 d.C. Before sowing, the seeds were pre-soked in warm water for 4 days (changed daily). Subsequent seedlings growth is speed and robust, needs plenty of water.
Submitted on 26/06/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.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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