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Agave multifilifera

This Agave is immediately recognizable by its narrow, stiff, green leaves that carry copious amounts of curly, white, threadlike fibers on the margins. It can become quite large and form a dense, hemispherical, usually solitary rosette with countless individual leaves that make it a highly desirable ornamental. It is native to Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa in Mexico where it grows between 1400 and 2100 m (4500 and 7000 ft.) on rocky slopes and cliffs in pine and oak forest. In cultivation it can cope with drought and severe freezes.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds were sown in community tray of perlite, where they simply fell between the gaps in the top layer of perlite. Tray was kept in greenhouse on heat mat and watered every five to seven days. Greenhouse humidity ~50-60%. Purchased 20 seeds but didn't count them because they were very small. Ended up with 27 seedlings, so I obtained 135% germination.
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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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