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Ceroxylon quindiuense

Quindio Wax Palm

The Quindio Wax Palm is a tall feather palm with a stunning, white, wax-covered trunk that reaches up to an incredible 60 m (200 ft) tall. It is probably the tallest palm in the world. C. quindiuense occurs in breathtaking numbers in Colombia, especially in the Quindío Pass, from which it derives its name. It is tolerant of cool, wet conditions as it grows at elevations up to 3000 m (10000 ft), and is well worth trying in the protected, moist, cool temperate or mild subtropical garden. This palm has not been available for a long time, as Colombia is a dangerous country, and seed collectors go there at their peril. Act now!

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I ordered C. quindiuense seeds from rarepalmseeds, and of the 20 I ordered, 7 had germinated in the mail. Incredible. Subsequent seeding was equally rewarding, with 4 of the remaining 13 germinating within 2 weeks, and 5 of the rest germinating by the end of 9 weeks. Sadly the rest have not germinated yet. Subsequent growth has been slow but steady, with the earliest germinators proving to be the faster growers. To germinate the seeds I used an organic (non-sterile) compost and leaf-litter mix, with adjusted levels of sand.
Submitted on 28/08/2007 by Anton antonespira@gmail.com

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
soaked for 3 days in rainwater, mixed husks with good store bought soil,put in ziplock bags, am using heating pad, keep 70 to 95 degrees, put outside when sun is out, chusan & this wax seed started about after 2 weeks, the whole shipment was received about 10 days after ordering. hope more good luck is forthcoming! thanks, am in NW Louisiana
Submitted on 11/11/3906 by bart herndon bs1011@webtv.net

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Soaked in water for a few days, changing it every day, then bagged with 50/50 mix of Junglegrowth and Miracle Grow soils. Although in central Florida, keeping them warm with heater. Almost 5 months along, no response from any of them - zero percent so far. Will continue.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soak for 7 days changing water daily. Spray with fungicide and place seeds in plastic zippy bag with moist not wet spaghnum moss. First seed appeared after 5 weeks and other seeds came up in weekly to fortnightly intervals until all came up after about 4 months. Faster germinator than alpinum. Kept seeds inside through West Australian summer around 24 degrees C. Had 100% germination with no seedling deaths except for a couple eaten by rats. All survivors are growing slowly but surely through this Winter, about 8 degrees min to 18 degrees max. Worth trying for temperate areas and nowhere near as difficult as books will tell you. Must have been a good seed supplier.
Submitted on 02/07/2003 by Tyrone tynat98@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I got reasonably good results germinating C. parvifrons in a sealed plastic bag with moist perlite at a temperature of 20C. Most seeds germinated within 2 - 5 months, but there were some stragglers.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Over the years I've germinated many different species of palm seeds . Last year a good friend of mine gave me a hand full of fresh Ceroxylon q. seeds . I was very amazed at how easily they all germinated . I sowed the seeds in a nice light peat based growing medium with perlite . I premoistened the medium and set the seed flat on top of the fridge .Within two and a half months the first seedling started to sprout . I was given a dozen seeds in all , and each and every one sprouted . I was very happy with the results . I have since then planted the palms into small pots and each specimen has two small fronds . They are still in the house where the heat is more consistent . I will set them outdoors in the spring . Obviously the bottom heat that was given off from the top of the fridge aided in the germination. Joe
Submitted on 24/02/2002 by Joe C. bananajoe@saltspring.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
My seeds were kept at a temperature of about 23°C, and they germinated after about 5 weeks. But I have to say it's 4 out of 10 that were that early. But that's not so bad, is it? Growth is really slow though after germination.
Submitted by Michaël Temmerman mtemmerman@skynet.be

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seem to germinate best in warm conditions with cool nights.
Submitted by Jeff Nugent permaculture@telstra.easymail.com.au

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Wax Palm.Best germinated in moist vermiculite at temperatures not exceeding 21C (70F). More resistant to fungal diseases than many proclaim
Submitted by Adam St.Clair stclair2@bigpond.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
After 3 months they're growing in Paris". Still they are very small but I hope that some day you could comme here and see some wonderful andean wax palms in a parisian garden of the 16th neighborhhod."
Submitted by Fernando Roca pacho.fra@free.fr

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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
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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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