Sunday, August 19, 2007

Açaí seeds, continued

I don't plant a lot of açaí at the Bosque because it's a palm that likes lots of water, which we don't have during the dry season. I use the seeds mainly for the few orchid plants I maintain at the Bosque reception center. A mixture of açaí seeds and charcoal seems to be the mix that most orchid collectors use in their vases. I follow suit but it's necessary to interrupt the germination process before using them for this purpose. Boiling them in water for 30 minutes or so will prevent them from becoming a mass of palm seedlings. In the attached image, the seeds after they've been boiled.

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