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Parajubaea torallyi var. torallyi

Pasopaya Palm

Parajubaea torallyi var. torallyi to us really is the best of the Parajubaea and one of the world’s most fabulous palms (perhaps a bias based on our search of it in the dry and dusty, remote valleys of Bolivia years ago), and we are very proud to finally be able to offer seeds of this very exciting species. It grows to a higher altitude than any other palm in the world at a breathtaking (in every sense of the word) 3400 m (11100 ft.) or possibly even 3600 m (11800 ft.). It is one of the most stunning of all palms, combining the majestic appearance of a Jubaea with the robustness and speed of growth of a Syagrus. The large and very unusually sculptured seeds have an unfair reputation of being very unreliable to germinate. Our own trials with fresh and mature seeds have shown that it does not deserve this reputation. While we indeed found germination to be somewhat erratic, we also found that seeds will eventually sprout quite happily when sown under proper conditions, i.e. on the surface of seed beds, buried only halfway, and kept only slightly moist. All they require is patience. With proper care and a sunny spot (a must!) in a cool temperate to mild subtropical climate, seedlings will quickly develop into tall, robust-trunked palms with a large, shuttlecock-like crowns of finely pinnate, leathery leaves. Its tolerance to drought, heat, cold, frost, and other adverse conditions and ability to maintain a great appearance causes some to say that this legendary palm not only has enormous potential as an ornamental, but that it could become one of the most desirable landscaping palms for warm temperate and subtropical areas.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I brought 5 seeds from the field (dry intermontane valley between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba), Bolivia. I felt, after 3 years that there is no hope to get germination. After seven years I got a seedling . So it means that it species is very well adaptted to a very irregular long terms environmental condition, not yearly condition
Submitted on 11/11/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate.
can take 3 months to 5+ years to germinate!I have over 1000 seeds from RPS that have been germinating for several years now. The trick seems to be to soak then let them dry then moisten. They are outside in covered fishboxs that recieve 0c in winter and up to 45c in summer. The boxs are half filled with pine based potting media,seeds layed half buried sideways with 50mm of sphagnum over. I have around 50% germination so far mostly in spring and autumn which also seems to be the best growth period. They keep growing in winter,albeit slowly and seem to stop in the hot summer!
Submitted on 02/07/2009 by Scott Cumberland

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Potted in moist moss in a deep pot, over 30 cms best for long tap rootseeds just below surface hot by day 30 to 35 degrees cool by night 15 to 17 degrees
Submitted on 04/10/2007 by one of our visitors

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I have also germinated 9 of 10 seeds which I purchased probably from the same Australian nursery. 2 germinated after 4 months, another 2 after 12 months. another 3 after 2 years. and you guessed it the other 2 after 3 years. The moral is not in the soaking although it is definitely still required. These are just simply erratic and can take up to 3 years. The most amazing viability period I have ever experienced. I too believe planting only 1/2 buried is a must. I also think that a burst of cold before a burst from bottom heat will wake up these sleeping beauties. They grow very well once they are up, can take sun as well as 0 degrees celcius. I love this palm and it is a must for any collector.
Submitted on 29/09/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
easy.....bought 10 seeds from rare palm seeds placed them in plastic bag with barely moist potting soil and in two months all have germinated.
Submitted on 25/04/2003 by Gerin Choiniere segerin@bellsouth.net

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I purchased ten fresh seeds from an australian nursery. I soaked them for one day in luke warm water. The next day I placed them in plastic pots with a tight closed lid. This pot contained sphagnum(peat moss). And I kept it only slightly humid. After having kept them for 8 months at room temperature (20 degrees celsius) They still did not germinate. Then I placed these pots on the radiator (heater) which resulted in air temperature in the pots of 35 degrees celsius. Still nothing. Since the very start 12 months had passed and no one seed had germinated yet. Maybe they were not soaked well at the very start of my "germinating program". So I tried another soak in luke warm water, but this time for 7 days. Then I placed them in a small aquarium with on the bottom a thin layer of sphagnum and peat. I buried the soaked seeds on their side half in this layer. The aquarium was sealed with a glass plate. And kept in a temperate to warm atmosphere(18-25 C) And see there! after two months 4 seeds germinated! I'll place them in separate pots soon, I wait for the moment that the cotyledon appears before planting them over. The moral of this story, palm seeds needs to be soaked for a sufficient time, otherwise ,despite all good care, they will not germinate.
Submitted on 07/03/2003 by Roald Goorman roald_g@yahoo.com

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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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