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Chamaedorea woodsoniana (Gigante)

One of the largest Chamaedorea, this palm from rainforests stretching from southern Mexico to Panama or possibly northern Colombia can reach up to 12 m (40 ft.) tall. It produces a slender, green, solitary trunk that holds a crown of up to 6 ascending leaves with stiff leaflets. Like other Chamaedorea it adapts extremely well to cultivation and does best in a warm temperate climate under some canopy. It is tolerant of cool conditions and will take an occasional light winter freeze without damage. This giant form from Panama is larger than the one from Mexico and has much larger seeds.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Small packet germinating on arrival March 2013, now have 8 good shoots in June 2013 developing.
Submitted on 13/06/2013 by John O Wild

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This arrived last week (Late Feb-March) and when planted days later, had started germinating in the packet. The shoots are fragile, easily detached from the seed and roots, so you need to be careful handling them. I planted two loose shoots to see if they can grow anyway.
Submitted on 09/03/2013 by John O Wild

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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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