10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Peach Palm Overview
The Peach Palm, Bactris gasipaes is an upright tree with a single slender stem or several stems, in a cluster; generally with black spines in circular rows from the base to the summit. It can typically grow to 20 m or taller. The rind of the fruit can be red, yellow or orange when the fruit is ripe, depending on the variety of the palm. The fruits are edible and very nutritious but need to be cooked for 3–5 hours.
Common problems with Peach Palm
Peach Palm Companion Plants
Plant alongside tropical and sub tropical plants.
How to harvest Peach Palm
Due to the spines, the fruit are usually harvested with long poles equipped with cutters. If possible, a soft landing for the falling fruit should be put in place prior to cutting; this may be composed of loose leaf matter.
How to propagate Peach Palm
Germination time is 60-90 days.
Special features of Peach Palm
Other uses of Peach Palm
The flowers and fruits are edible.
Peach-palms are also cultivated for the heart of palm and the trunk can make valuable timber.