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Euterpe edulis

Tall and slender with narrow leaflets and a long, smooth crownshaft, the Jucara Palm is arguably one of the most elegant palms. This palm is commonly seen across large areas in southeastern Brazil, and one never gets tired of seeing the narrow trunks and the fine foliage appearing through the undergrowth. Euterpe edulis is fast and easy growing to moderate height, is suitable for cool temperate as well as tropical climates, and will take light to moderate frosts without damage. It also makes an excellent indoor palm, tolerating low light well.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I've got two sets of the seeds germinating. Both sets started with a three day presoak at room temperature in low hardness water. The first is in an airing cupboadrd at a constant 28C in the dark. They are in a ziplock bag with vermiculite and a very small amount of water. Germination started after about three months and is currently about 45%.The second batch was left on my desk at work at a constant 20 - 23C in mostly artificial light. After three months I have had a germination success rate of approx 80%. Whether it is the lower temperature or the light that helps I don't know!
Submitted on 11/10/2007 by Neil Burnham neil.burnham@tesco.net

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
popped then in some damp vermiculite in the airing cupboard. Started germiniating in about a 1 month nearly all had germinated after 2 months.
Submitted on 03/01/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate.
I was quite astonished by this one! I'd heard that they would germinate in 6 weeks or so. I soaked the 100 seeds for less than a day and placed in a bag with vermiculite at 35°C. 45 seeds had sprouted after only 48 hours.
Submitted on 22/09/2003 by Phil Markey phil@trebrown.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
To place the seeds in machine of provoking scratches, very common in laboratories of seeds, for one minute, then, to place of sauce for 4 hours and, to place for the to germinate a temperature of 25 C, germination around 95%
Submitted on 22/04/2003 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
slow and erratic. standard baggy method
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by bob kreisher rkreishe@chuma.cas.usf.edu

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sowed 10 in a 1 gal./4 L pot using 1:1 ratio Canadian sphagnum peat and perlite. Seeds were sown approximately 1/4 in./7 mm below surface of the substrate. Prior to sowing, seeds were soaked in water for 24 hrs., then dipped in a water/bleach solution for several seconds and rinsed. After sowing, temperatures were maintained by leaving container in the sun and experienced temps as high as 100 F/38 C in the day, and as low as 68 F/20 C at night (the ambient heat of Central Florida). Seeds were irrigated by hand when medium appeared to be getting a bit dry. First seedling appeared after six weeks, four more appeared within the next 10 days, last one appeared two weeks after the second group for a total of six seedlings overall. None have appeared since, though seeds still pass the float" test and will remain in the germination medium until they either germinate or rot."
Submitted by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

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Plants from this species ...

In Manchester in England they need little care and grow slow.
I germinated the seeds using the vermiculite method and allowed them to grow a root approx 3cm long which was accompanied by a pink/red shoot of 0.5cm. The seed went in a free draining soil up to the bottom third of the seed (effectively the seed sits on the soil) with the shoot pointing upwards. Very, very slow growing has given me a woody shoot of about 6cm over two months. Grown indoors in indirect light and allowed to take how much water it needs from a tray that the pot sits in.
Submitted on 11/10/2007 by Neil Burnham neil.burnham@tesco.net

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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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