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Butia archeri

Dwarf Jelly Palm

A beautiful and diminutive Butia whose trunk reaches to only about 1m (3ft) tall at maturity. The leaves are strongly recurved, blue green in colour, and the leaflets are held in a marked V-shape. It is rather cold hardy, in common with the other species in the genus, and best suited to subtropical and temeperate climates. viable seed of this rare palm is almost never for sale and this opportunity to obtain the seed should not be missed. We guarantee our seeds to have excellent quality.

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germination comments by our visitors
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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Needed some seeds to fill an order so purchased 10 Butia Archeri seeds. After six months of horrible neglect, not one seed had rotted. Decided to give them fighting chance. Re processed the seeds in fungicide and placed them in a sterile 50%Peat/Perlite mixture and put them in a plastic container slightly elevated on top of my computer at work. Within 3 weeks 4 seedlings have germinated, eagerly anticipating more.
Submitted on 22/12/2003 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Central Florida in USA they need very little care and grow slow.
A great dwarf palm! Has grown at a good pace for a Butia and never had any cold damage until this past winter when it suffered spear pull but looks as if it will survive (10'sof hours below freezing and low of around -6 degrees C). Is in full afternoon sun in sandy soil. surrounded by rocks, and is located in inland humid central Florida. Planted about 3 years ago and is approx. 2 ft tall.
Submitted on 04/04/2010 by one of our visitors

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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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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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