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Eugenia candolleana

Rainforest Plum

A small, dry deciduous tree native to the Atlantic coastal rainforest in southeastern Brazil. Its is popular in cultivation in this region for its juicy, pleasant, sweet fruits that are about the size of a large cherry, glossy black, and much appreciated fresh or made into a jam. Easy in cultivation in warm temperate and tropical climates.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds are recalcitrant like most Eugenias and must be planted as soon as you recieve them. I use a mix of 3 parts soiless mix, 1 part course sand and 1 part sterilized compost. Use a #1 pot and plant seeds 30 to 40 cm deep. Keep in a sunny area with a minimum temp. of 22 C. Bottom heat shows signs of promoting germination. Very slow growing, seedling very cold sensitive.
Submitted on 08/06/2011 by Shawn Bird

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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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