Chamaedorea metallica

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Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:12 am

My thirty year old C. metallica which I have decided to air layer. The tallest of the 3 stems is the pinnate variant, which is rare as hen's teeth!
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by Half Hardy » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:15 pm

Impressive plant David. I have only ever seen seedlings before.Not a very large plant,for thirty years growth is that because it's in a pot,or are they known for slow growing? That pinnate stem is nearly as rare as your posts :) .


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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:59 am

They are naturally fairly slow growing, but if grown in poor light (like mine) for much of its life, then growth rate is very slow. For the last 15 years, it has been given just enough water to survive, and a weak feed every 6 weeks or so to keep it healthy, in an attempt to restrict growth. Otherwise it might have been 6 feet or more by now.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:28 am

Is that radiator on?


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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:55 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Is that radiator on?
No it isn't. But even if it was, it wouldn't matter as the palm was merely placed there to be photographed. It normally resides in spot with poorer light than that.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:09 pm

Very nice palm David icon_thumright how long will it take to layer ?

I had a small one from a seedling, which got to around 1ft tall in 5 years. I had it in the conservatory but lost it after other plants hid it from view and it didn't get watered for a whole winter :roll: Kept it for a year after in case it resprouted, but no joy.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:47 pm

Not altogether sure how long Dave. I've only recently set it up, but I was thinking springtime perhaps.

I've not actually done it with a palm before, but I have with woody plants, which can take 3 to 6 months.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by Clive60 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:15 pm

Mine , with a single stem, has thrown out about four new leaves this year and there is a new one coming. I have had mine for six years or so but it is only 2ft high. Let us know how you get on with the air layering.


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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by fern Rob » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:47 pm

What are you doing it for?
Will the. Win stem re sprout when it is separated.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by GREVILLE » Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:17 pm

My old specimen is quite happy outside in deep shade until the frosts. However, I keep forgetting to protect from slugs and those interesting leaves get chewed every year :(


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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:51 am

fern Rob wrote:What are you doing it for?
Will the. Win stem re sprout when it is separated.
I suppose it's experimental as much as anything. But also, I just fancy a change.

C. metallica isn't a suckering palm, so once the stems are cut, the lower section will die.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by fern Rob » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:54 pm

I don't see what you are going to attchive by cutting the plant. It sounds like they are uncommon and slow growing.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:46 am

Because over time the stems have grown quite tall, I just fancied starting again with stemless plants. I've had the plant for around 30 years and have become a bit tired of it as it stands. Should anybody fancy buying it from me though, I would consider that option too!
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by Clive60 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:08 pm

As not many people have Chamy Metallica I thought I would put up a pic of my baby, only had it for about six years but it is a decent specimen.
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Re: Chamaedorea metallica

Post by David York » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:05 pm

Yes that's a nice specimen Clive. Clearly getting more TLC than mine.

Mine receives minimal light and minimal food and water. It has been in that tiny pot for over 20 years. They can look really lush when pampered a little.
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