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Bactris setosa

Jucúm Palm

It is a great pity that so many people reject the idea of palms with spines without further consideration. Take away this palms armament, its popularity would be assured; as it is, it is likely to be rejected out of hand by the majority of growers. spines aside then, it is a real treasure with its ruffled, somewhat plumose leaflets, slender canes and its undoubtedly tropical look. Its cold to cool-hardiness which comes from its habitat down to very southern Barzil, makes it very special indeed, being the only species in the genus that can be grown in cold climates. As far as we know, this species has never been available before. Don't miss this opportunity.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Not all that difficult to germinate if you have fresh seeds. I used a media mix of 1/2 coco peat and 1/2 vermiculite in a plastic coke bottle with the top 1/3 cut off and holes punched in the bottom for drainage- don't like the plastic baggy method. Scarified the seeds with sandpaper, soaked them in water for 1 days then removed, dried and dusted with an anti-fungicide powder. Next, I pushed them 1/2" into the media, added water until it drained out and then covered the pot with some plastic wrap to hold in the moisture in latter placed them next to a window with indirect sun- summer temps. in São Paulo Brazil are around 25-30 C. important not to let the media dry out. Well, I planted them back in December of 2009 and they just popped up the first week of March this year ( 90% germination-) not bad.
Submitted on 09/03/2010 by Joe

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Attempted germination using baggy method for 5-6 months using peat and perlite mix. No success. I figured the seed was either not viable or the method i was using was not adequate. Disposed of seeds in compost heap and approx. 1 year later i noticed a palm seedling emerge. Seedling is completely covered in thin hairlike spines. While the seeds were in the compost during the winter the min. temp. was approx. 26 degrees F.
Submitted on 10/09/2007 by Michael Olivera m76olivera@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.

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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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Suitable for: all

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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