however, is relatively quick growing, taking only 3–4 years to produce its first seeds—lightning fast for a palm.
Little is known about the Quito palm's requirements. It seems to thrive on ample water, but also can be cultivated in dry areas. Its Ecuadorian habitat has a short (1 or 2 month) dry season. Apparently, its deep roots grow straight down, so they usually reach layers with subsoil containing moisture year-round. It is a sun-loving species, but (at least for a palm) shows a high resistance to cold. In its habitat—3,000 m up in the Andes—night temperatures are in the range of 5–10°C. Indeed, it is probable that the plant requires cool nights: in areas where night temperatures are consistently over 13–16°C, it seems to lose its vigor and health.