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Chamaedorea elegans

Parlor Palm

Sold by the millions as cute miniature indoor plants in supermarkets and garden centers all over the world, this palm has probably been the quintessential indoor palm since Victorian times. Native to rainforest in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, it grows a solitary, canelike stem to about 2 m (7 ft.) tall, topped by a graceful crown of neatly pinnate, pale green leaves. Best suited for a shady spot indoors or in the subtropical/warm temperate garden.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Hello,It is regarding Chameadorea elegans seedI have them in a moisture peat moss with 30% perlite ( no sand )in a seed chamber of:- Light: 0,0% Lux- Humidity : 95%- Temperature: 30 degree I have started to germinate them in Dec. 2008 with very fresh seeds under the above mentioned conditions, and since then I didn't succeed to get 1% germination, while the seeds are until now, 90% of them are having a healthy embryo and a healthy endosperm. And this is happening for the third year! Despite that I have successfully germinated the same type of seeds under the same conditions twice before! I don't know what to do ? Can you help me please ?Thanks in Advance
Submitted on 18/05/2009 by Adel Zeyada

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Fresh seed of this palm is very easy to germinate. I collected myself 3 seeds from a trio of Chamaedorea elegans growing at a ground level patio in an inner position, under the building and after removing the seed fruit, i soaked them for 1 day and sowed them at high peat-low perlite mixture sold for ferns. I soaked this soil in water, half burried the seeds and covered the container tightly with sanitas wrap. The container was kept at 16-30C. In about 15 days, all three seeds had sprouted and subsequent growth was satisfying. One of the three however didnt make it as it hadnt developed a root at all, it directly pulled out a leaf...So check for root development before planting, if there is no root,leave it there with plenty of humidity and it may develop one...
Submitted on 22/10/2007 by Konstantinos Giannopoulos giannopouloskonstantinos@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.

 

 

 

     
 
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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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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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