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Potato Chip Palm, Veracruz Palm
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaedorea (kam-ee-DOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tuerckheimii (tewrk-HAIM-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Palms

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Green

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Mottled

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntington Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 10, 2015, sashaeffer from Omaha, NE wrote:

New arrival today. Will keep indoors in master bath for extra humidity and minimal light. Time will tell how it likes it but for now it's a beautiful little palm.

Positive

On Nov 5, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

THis is one of the most sought after Chamaedoreas as they are unique and very ornamental. It is called the potato chip palm since it has deeply ridge leaves the shape of a Ruffles Potato Chip. There are two distinct varieties, one from Mexico and one from Guatemala. The latter is the more well known form- it has blue-green very stiff leaves and a thin border of white around the margins of the leaves. It looks just like a green potato chip. The other slightly larger variety from Mexico has more mottled lime-green leaves and (to me) is more attractive. Both are fastidious palms disliking heat, low humidity, tap water or extreme cold. Any of those situation usually results in severe brown tipping of the leaf ends making the palm look ratty. These are wonderful palms for group planting... read more