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PlantFiles: Potato Chip Palm, Veracruz Palm
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii

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

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Category:
Palms

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
Blue-Green
Mottled
Veined

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

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob 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 plantings in shady, moist warm gardens.

Regional...

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

Huntington Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Thousand Oaks, California



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