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Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti

Large leaved Chamaedorea with the bifid leaves reaching to 60cm (24") long by 30cm (12") wide, giving a unique and special appearance. Easy care, low light tolerant and suitable for home, conservatory, or understory palm in the warm temperate to tropical garden.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Bought seed from Rarepalmseed. com, and presoaked them for four days in tap-water, changing water daily. I put the seeds in a 10" planter filled with peat-moss, and placed the pot outsid in a shady flower-bed. In about two and a half monthes, I had ca. 80% germination. I'm a Central-floridian. Temps have ranged from low 70's, to upper 90's fahrenheit this year. Very happy with my purchase!
Submitted on 10/09/2009 by edward dahl

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I ordered 200 sds from rps and had them soaked for 2 days. Then they were sown into a clear plastic container with a commercial soil mix. Temperature was between 80+ to 90+F. They started to sprout in 60 days and now after 80 days the shoots have emerged from the soil. I left them in the 'com box' to get bigger before transferring them to individual pots. Once the leaf hits the top of the box I open it and put it into a clear plastic bag which is tied up the top with a rubber band. Humidity is checked weekly to ensure good growth. In this way with the proper humidity, they grow well. Make sure the soil is sufficiently wet otherwise as the seedlings grow, much water is lost as they absorb alot of it. Insufficient water will retard the growth and cause the leaf to crink. It is not that messy when they are taken out if you take care in untangling the roots.
Submitted on 27/07/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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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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