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Chamaedorea tuerckheimii (Veracruz)

Potato-Chip Palm

A breathtakingly beautiful little plant that perhaps is the worlds smallest palm, growing to no more than a couple of feet tall. Native to montane rain and cloud forests in two separate, slightly differing populations in Veracruz, Mexico and Guatemala between 900 and 1500 m (2950 and 4900 ft.), it is highly endangered by deforestation and poaching of plants from he wild for the local plant trade. In the Veracruz population, the pencil-thin stem carries a short crown of undivided, plicate, velvety green mottled leaves that remind of ruffled potato chips. Despite its small size, with good reason this is one of the most highly prized ornamental palms. However, it is not the easiest palm to grow and demands a humid, warm temperate or cool tropical climate and humus-rich soil low in lime and salts.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Once I received my order, 2 were already germinated. The rest looked promising, so I used the baggy method with loose soil, and placed the bag on top of my waterheater. ...Nothing ever happened. Have germinated quite a few different palms using this way, but no dice. Perhaps I should have allowed room temps instead?....
Submitted on 21/11/2013 by Bryan Waddell

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I followed the standard procedures. I soaked them in warm water (28. 5C) for 24 hours and then planted in wet moss, sealed in a plastic bag. I kept everything at 28. 5C and the germination rate was about 80% after about 10 weeks.
Submitted on 01/11/2010 by Filippo Del Bene

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Previous soaking in water for 2 days, they were planted in potting soil grade "A" with perliteIt is the most beautiful seedling I have ever seen,the sprouts came out 3 months later
Submitted on 04/07/2009 by yesmin

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I planted my seeds in an acid soil from a forest, rich in decomposed leaves. I let the pot inside house in front of a window. Waterings 3x/week. Temperatures around 20 degr. C and colder at night. After 2 months the first sprout appeared and I´m hoping for more the next days!!!
Submitted on 25/06/2009 by one of our visitors

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have germinated seeds in fifty fifty spagnum moss coco fobre in take away plastic food containers placed in an incubator at 29c. So far above fifty percent sucess rate at germinating and could get better. I will now see how they progress from here!
Submitted on 26/05/2009 by Martin Thompson

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I live in a tropical place, the seeds were soaked for 48 hours in pure water, after that I planted them in a mixture of vermiculite and soil grade A special for seedlings. They were in very good light conditions and constant humid soilAfter 3 months 70% of them showed their sprout. I MUST say that the rate of germination is very good
Submitted on 14/05/2009 by Yesmin

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
They germinate in a media with vermiculite and potting soil grade A. They do not require light
Submitted on 09/03/2009 by yesmin

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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
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