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|Nom commun||Chiliean Wine Palm|
|Germination||Soak the Jubaea Chilensis seeds in water for 24 - 48 hrs. Crack and completely remove the endocarp. The best way is to strike a single blow to make the shell explode. Repeated strokes could damage it! The fertile germ is identified as a "flat bright brown tear" stuck on the surface of the endosperm. Treat as a preventative with a fungicide. Place them in a sterile and well drained medium, such as a mix of peat and coarse sand (1:4). Use individual small clay pots rather then a large seed bed. Cover the seeds with just a few millimeters of sand and spray with fungicide as a watering. Place the pots in a saucer and wrap them with a plastic bag to maintain moderate humidity. Put your 'treasures' in a dark warm room, for best results keep temperature around 25ø to 30øC. Open the plastic bag daily to allow fresh air to get in. Spray with fungicide when the humidity seems to reduce. Never allow the medium to be waterlogged or to dry out. Remove sprouting pots when the seedling is about 1cm high. Place them in full light and don?t repot them. Keep warmth and humidity for the first weeks. Use fungicide and allow the sand slightly to dry between watering. Begin a light feeding program as sand is a poor growing medium. Seed germination is slow, usually taking between 6 to 16 months to germinate. Be patient!|
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