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Iriartea deltoidea (Pacific)

Copa Palm

For many enthusiasts, Iriartea is the grandest of the many stunning palms of South America. This tall and elegant plant has a slightly swollen, gray or white trunk; plumose leaves with leaflets very neatly arranged in four planes; and giant, horn-shaped inflorescence-bracts, which easily identify it. Common in its native home, it is almost unknown in cultivation and should be much more widely grown. For warm subtropical and tropical areas. This is a form with small, odd-shaped seeds from west of the Andes in Ecuador.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Small packet planted in a pot in the greenhouse April 2012, one seed germinated, now in June 2013 has first leaf. It seems to be very slow, unlike others of this species
Submitted on 13/06/2013 by John O Wild

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
10 seeds acquired from Rarepalmseeds soaked seeds for 24 hrs. planted on surface of damp mix of perlite and vermiculite 50/50 in a plastic box. kept at 30 deg c. 7 seeds sprouted in less than two months. three are sprouting now after six months. 100% success
Submitted on 28/03/2012 by A.Qader Jaffer

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Tried this palm from seed twice before with no success. This time I have had great results. Used the 'baggie' method with just moist coco fibre and stored them outside on my veranda where temperatures vary between 32 and 40c during the day.
Submitted on 20/06/2010 by Nick C - Vietnam

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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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