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Agave filifera

Maguey

A beautiful, compact species from central Mexico where it grows at high elevations. It forms a dense, solitary rosette with many bright green, wide leaves that have white markings, marginal fibers and more or less pronounced, very attractive red leaf tips. The Maguey tolerates moderate to severe freezes and drought.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I started these on Feb 26th and had five sprout on the fifth day after planting. I started them the same as the palm seeds - in a ziplock bag with damp peat moss and left them in the shade outdoors in temperatures ranging from 20 - 25C in the day and 15 - 18C at night. I have moved them to pots and they are currently indoors on a windowsill in a gritty mix of peat moss, sand and grit. they are looking great and one more has sprouted a few days later.
Submitted on 06/03/2013 by Janet Ready

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

 
       
 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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