Thursday, February 01, 2007
Açaí palms (Euterpe oleracea) love water, so it's really no surprise that we don't see many in the planalto (highland) area. At Bosque Santa Lúcia, where we go for weeks and even months without rain, it is to our credit and stamina (for hauling water) that we can show visitors some stands of açaí. I planted the ones in the image from seed about 5 years ago and then transferred the plants to the ground. The ground was so hard, I thought I would never get the holes deep enough to plant them. Knowing that they don't adapt very well to this environment, I've given them undue attention over the years.