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Agave gentryi

A great rarity and an unusual looking, rather large Agave from northeastern Mexico, where it grows high up in the mountains in pine-oak forests between 1800 and 2800 m (6000 and 9500 ft.) elevation. It has only been recently described and named, in honor of the famous Agave expert Howard Scott Gentry, author of the only sensible book on the genus. In cultivation it is well suited to many temperate climates, taking drought and severe freezes with ease.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds basically jump out of the mixture. My method is to use coarse sand, lay the seeds on top, lightly cover them with sand then water. To maintain moisture you can keep the pots in a saucer and keep the saucer full of water. It is also a good idea to use 'No Damp' or similar with Agave seedlings since they tend to fail if kept even a bit to moist.
Submitted on 31/10/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds germinated within 1 week on a windowsill at room temperature with my normal mix of 50% perlite & 50% potting compost....no need to cover pot.
Submitted on 08/02/2008 by Mark Williams industrial@sky.com

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Just 1 germinated out of 9 sown (grit/sand & soil mix - room temp). Appeared at 26 days - had just about given up hope! Now at 30 days but nothing more.
Submitted on 22/03/2007 by one of our visitors

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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.

 
       
 
We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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