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Copernicia baileyana

Yarey Palm

A truly magnificent and stunning palm from central and eastern Cuba, where it grows in savanna and dry woodland at low elevations. It forms a very thick and sturdy, smooth, slightly ventricose, whitish gray trunk that can reach about 20 m (67 ft.) tall. It supports a dense crown of numerous very rigid, stiffly ascending leaves with a perfectly circular outline. It is best suited for the tropics or warm subtropics. Seeds are reasonably easy to germinate but young plants are slow growing and take many years to start forming a trunk. It's a good but long-term investment for sure.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I have received 100 seeds of this plant, and on the same day, I put the seeds into a container of warm water for a couple of hours. After that I put the seeds on a 100% sand, give a little bit of water until the upper part of the sand is wet and put coco peat on top of the container in order to maintain humidity. I keep on watering the container everyday, but only to keep it moist, not too wet! After 20 days, all of the seeds have sprouted well.
Submitted on 17/08/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I collected a single seed of this specimen at ferchaild garden in miami, on new year 2000, when i went for vacations, and bingo, now i have a yung copernicia with its first fully palmate leafs, i protect it in winter, it's planted at latitud 34 south,in uruguay near de coast and i don't know what's going to hapen in the future because is the first one in the country, wich is the country of butia capitata, butia yatay and the qeen palm wich are much more hardy.
Submitted on 18/12/2004 by PEDRO MANFRINI PMANFRINI@hotmail.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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