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Euterpe oleracea (Pará Dwarf)

"Super Berry"

In Brazil, a highly nutritious, thick, pulpy, deep purple juice called açaí, like the palm, is produced from the fruits of this species. It can be used in juice blends, smoothies or sodas, or consumed plain. Particularly noteworthy in the long list of beneficial contents in the juice are its high percentage of dietary fibers, which makes up a third of its weight, its antioxidant capacities and possible anti-cancer effects. The Açaí Palm also produces a premium quality heart of palm that is probably second to none. The benefits of this particular variety, highly prized in Brazil, are that it (1) starts fruiting with a trunk height of only 1m (3 ft.), which is equivalent to 3 years of age after planting, in a tropical climate, (2) stays short for easier harvesting, (3) is a highly productive plant: A recommended 400 plants per hectare (2.5 acres) yield about 10 metric tons (22000 lb) of fruit per year and (4) produces fruits of the highest quality, with up to 25% more pulp than the regular açaí.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Euterpe must never dry out, so it is important to start germination as soon as you get them - indeed some had already germinated when I got them. These germinated faster than other euterpe oleracea seeds I bought from RarePalmSeeds. com - though I'm not sure whether this is generally the case, or just reflecting different batches on this occasion. I put them in ziploc bags with cotton wool and moisture in a warm room.
Submitted on 23/01/2012 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sowed 10 seeds in 50% peat moss & 25% vermiculite/ 25% perlite with bottom heat inside Tupperware box on 6/28/10. Seven sprouted by 8/2/10. Having fresh seeds from RPS is very helpful.
Submitted on 02/08/2010 by Brandon Gauthier

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The Euterpe oleracea seeds area easy for germination. Put the seeds in one layer in a germination box with 5 cm. of sandy soil mix, and cover with 2 - 3 cm of same mix soil. Irrigate daily. The germination occurs in 30 - 40 days. The shoots initially are reddish.
Submitted on 04/02/2010 by Eduardo A. Esquivel R.

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I kept them in a plastic container on a thin layer of garden soil in a humid and warm enviroment ( 30°CPhilippines)They sprouted after two weeks.
Submitted on 08/09/2009 by Jan VERBEECK

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I bought these seeds form Rarepalmseeds. com just three months ago. Some of them had already germinated when I received them. I planted the others immediately upon receipt, in a rich soil made up of peat and a rich potting soil in one gallon containers. About 90% germinated within 3-4 weeks. I checked them only yesterday and the roots popping out from the bottom of the pots tell me that these beautiful plants are ready for larger containers. I will be transplanting them into 3 gallon containers this week. I always use Osmocote 14-14-14 when these plams first germinate. What beauties!
Submitted on 15/08/2009 by Ajit Khurana

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Thank you Rarepalmseeds for these little jewels. I ordered the seeds and when they arrived they had already sprouted in the bag. What a joy! I put them in my greenhouse in a rich peat/sand mix on February 28th 2009, I spray them with water each morning and today, April 13, they are already five inches tall! These will be a very welcome addition to my tropical garden on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.
Submitted on 14/04/2009 by Peter Beatty

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
For these water loving palms, I soaked the seeds for a few days changing the water daily. The seeds were planted in a "community pot" containing peat, vermiculite, and composted organic material. Several seeds germinated within a few weeks, others within a couple of months. The germination rate was good overall at about 80%.
Submitted on 21/04/2008 by Barry Myers

... are very easy to germinate.
A friend gave me some seeds of Euterpe oleacea from Rarepalmseeds. I put them in a small plastic container with wet cotton over the computer monitor. 2 of 5 germinated in 11 days. The other 3 seem to be beginning to germinate. Temperature 39.5 degrees celsius. Water, without chlorine and the container covered to contain vapour.
Submitted on 15/04/2007 by one of our visitors

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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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