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Chamaedorea microspadix

14th August 2010

A Mexican species of palm that has shown a tolerance of temperatures down to -7C. I bought a rather tatty plant from a garden centre where it had been tested and suffered a little. In the last three years it has endured similar temperatures through the winter but has had some warmth in the greenhouse in summer. It is making a slow recovery and I think it is possible that it will be a success in the long term in the garden. It produces suckers freely from the base and when I have a spare plant I will give it a try.

11th February 2014

It is now growing in the Agave house where it is too dry to be entirely happy but warm enough to survive. I am looking for a moister location in the hope of seeing it looking cheerful.