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Copernicia prunifera

Elegant but tough palm from north eastern Brazil, where the wax is scraped from its fan shaped blue leaves for use commercially. In cultivation it is best grown in the dryer tropics or subtropics, though it is quite adaptable. As a young plant it also makes a good potted specimen for the conservatory or glasshouse where it will enjoy generally dry conditions and bright light.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
When it's news, the seeds germinate very well! I had almost 100% of result. Is not necessary treatment. The containers must be a mixture of soil ans organic material well drained and must be kept in full sun.
Submitted on 03/05/2008 by Kelen Soares

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Ordered 10 seeds and soaked in water for 5 days changing water every day. Placed all in a baggie with damp peat. Placed outdoors, in the shade. First germination in 3 weeks. Total of 7 germinated. Placed in deep pots to allow root development, will plant in the spring. This was in September in Phoenix and the temp is about 105 days and 95 nights.
Submitted on 10/11/2006 by victor butschek victorbemail@yahoo.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In South Florida in USA they need little care and grow fast.
I've had this palm in the ground in S. Florida for ~5 yrs. At this point in time (11/2010) the palm is ~6 years old. It gets full sun (western exposure) and is about 12 feet tall. I fertiize generously every 3 months with 13-3-13 or 12-2-14 (containing trace elements needed by palms). The soil is more acid than alkaline. It's situated about 10 feet from my lake out back. I irrigate my lawn 2 times per week, but this palm does not receive a lot of water outside of our rainy season (summer months). Doesn't seem to react to more or less water. It is a good grower, and quite spectacular (leaf color and as well as trunk characteristics). I highly recommend this palm.
Submitted on 13/11/2010 by Mike Lafaro

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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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