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Ceroxylon alpinum

Andean Wax Palm

Originating from the Andes in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador between 1200 and 2200m (3900 to 7200ft), this fabulous and legendary species is one of the easiest Wax Palms to grow and particularly suited to warm temperate and mild subtropical or cool tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
At the San Francisco Botanical Garden we have germinated these in a cool-intermediate greenhouse raised about 4cm off bottom heat in a peat/sand mix in 4-inch pots, spaced less than a centimeter apart. They take anywhere from two to nine months to germinate and are easy to disentangle and pot up.
Submitted on 05/12/2005 by Matthew Jason Dewees jjuania@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak seeds for 7 days changing water daily. Spray with fungicide and place in plastic zippy bags with moist but not wet spaghnum moss. Left them inside the house during summer here in Western Australia so that they didn't get too hot, probably around 24 degrees C. First one appeared after about 2 months. Others appeared at intervals of about a fortnight afterwards. Final one took about 5 months but I got 100% germination with no deaths except for a couple eaten by wild rats. All that are left are growing slowly but surely through the winter here. Not as hard as what the books say. Worth a try for temperate to mild subtropical climates.
Submitted on 02/07/2003 by Tyrone tynat98@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
These seeds are easy when you realise your mistake! I had the seeds in moist palm peat indoors throughout Summer. Nothing. The temp indoors was more or less 22-27c. I moved the seeds outdoors in a closed container a month ago ( April 2002 Autumn here ). The first seed germinated after two weeks. All the rest have germinated (10) when I checked today ( 22 May 2002 ). Temps have been varied with most nights being around 15c with a few colder at around 10c and days in the mid twenties. I think these seeds require a day/night fluctuation to germinate properly. Now lets see if I will be able to keep the seedlings alive through winter!!!
Submitted on 23/05/2002 by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edgars.co.za

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seeds were soaked for 2 days and sprayed w/fungicide. Placed in plastic containers with mixture of perlite and peat moss. Medium was kept damp but not wet. 9 of 10 seeds sprouted within one week of each other about 5 months after planting.
Submitted on 29/09/2002 by Austin Garrison austcar@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds germinate readily in two months with bottom heat. Vigorous seedlings respond well to small amounts of fertilizer and establish size quickly.
Submitted by Don Martin donpalms@aol.com

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

... are of excellent ornamental value
In San Francisco, California in USA they need average care.
Ceroxylon alpinum is a very attractive young plant that grows slowly and steadily in San Francisco, a cool climate with few temperature extremes, high year-round humidity, but little rain. Here, C. alpinum must have ample year-round irrigation in well-drained, reasonably fertile soil and will suffer from temperatures below 28 Fahrenheit but regrow if they do not drop much below 26F. Bright shade or dappled sun will do, and I would not be surprised if a plant in full sun turned out to thrive, as I've seen C. quindiuense adapt well to such conditions after several years. C. alpinum's leaflets are arranged pleasingly flatly and evenly along the rachis (more so than C. quindiuense and C. vogelianum)
Submitted on 05/12/2005 by Jason Dewees jjuania@yahoo.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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