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Schinus molle

Peruvian Pepper

A mid-sized to relatively large tree native to the Andes in Peru with finely pinnate foliage and long clusters of small, red fruit that are popularly used as a colorful alternative to peppercorns but also have a host of medicinal uses. The sweet flesh of the fruit was used by the Inca to make a nourishing drink.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate. Seed placed in warm water and soaked for 24 hours. Planted in mix of 1 part peat, 1 part cocoa fiber, 2 parts perlite. Covered very lightly (2-3mm) with mix, then topped with perlite layer. Placed in unheated greenhouse at temps 60F-80F, with no humidity cover. Excellent germination (90-100%) occurred within 2 weeks.
Submitted on 19/09/113 by Maggie

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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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