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PlantFiles: Costa Rican Bamboo Palm
Chamaedorea costaricana

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaedorea (kam-ee-DOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: costaricana (kos-tah-REE-kan-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Palms

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive NorCalBrad On Dec 27, 2007, NorCalBrad from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Starting as a scraggly, one-stemmed, few-leaved stick in a one gallon pot, found in an overlooked corner of a nursery's growing grounds, my C. costaricana has flourished over the course of two years into a multi-stemmed clump that flowers regularly and continues pushing out new spears, even in cold weather. My experience with it confirms much of the information above: it prefers shade and ample water, and is well suited to living in a pot. The culms are thicker, and the leaves generally more attractive, than its relative C. microspadix.

Positive palmbob On Jul 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more common and vigorous species of large clumping Chamaedorea. It can eventually grow into large stands of plant over 20' tall and can be considered invasive in some moister areas of the world. It has large, straight, deep green stems that resemble bamboo culms. The stems are up to 1.5" in diameter. The leaves are pinnate and lancelote- look sort of 'ordinary'. Great for containers. One of the easier growers for southern CAlifornians.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Hayward, California
Huntington Beach, California
Pasadena, California
Rancho Cucamonga, California
San Anselmo, California
Santa Barbara, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Upland, California
Niceville, Florida
Berlin, Maryland
Broaddus, Texas



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