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Agave americana ssp. americana

Century Plant

A very large Agave with broad, succulent, bluish leaves in a rosette that can reach a diameter of up to 4 m (13 ft.). It is widely cultivated throughout most of Mexico and elsewhere in the world, and in many places, such as the Mediterranean, has escaped from cultivation. Its wild origin, however, is not clearly known. It is a very easy plant in cultivation, robust, fast growing and holds up well to drought and moderate freezes.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First seed germinated in less than 10 days at temperatures between 25-30C degrees, no pre-soaking required! Sowed in a moist sandy soil with some added perlite and an overhead light.
Submitted on 19/09/2009 by one of our visitors

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Athens in Greece they need little care and grow slow.
This beautiful plant grows very slowly,but very big and lives many years. It likes living in dry areas and doesn't need much water. It grows larger and a bit faster when it is in large flower pots,or in the ground. It doesn't need much care,but you must cut off the dry leaves,because the plant could dry whole. Don't worry if it's together with some brown-pink earth worms. Most of them are harmless for your plants,but they must not be too many. Most beautiful in groups.
Submitted on 08/12/2010 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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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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