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Agave sp. (chazaroi)

An as of yet undescribed and very rare Agave from Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico at around 1000 m (3300 ft.) elevation, with wide, very stiff, yellowish green to bluish grey leaves with unarmed margins in a rosette with a diameter to about 1.5 m (5 ft.). It is likely that this plant actually is the long lost Agave bakeri, which would be a small sensation. Seeds of this plant have been unavailable for over 100 years.

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Seeds from this species ...

... 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.The seeds are very small for agave.
Submitted on 08/02/2008 by Mark Williams industrial@sky.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These seeds are very small. Even so they began germinating in 3 days and are looking good. Very happy with the result.
Submitted on 04/02/2006 by GEOFF BREEN guzmadman@yahoo.com.au

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Yeppoon on the Tropic of Capricorn. QLD in Australia they need average care and grow very slow.
The seedlings are painfully slow and the first 4 months saw very little movement. After a long summer they have filled out and are moving faster. At 2 cm diameter they look pretty interesting with reddish smooth margins and a nice olive green to the leaves. Mine are getting about 4hrs of sun every morning and I only water when mix is beginning to dry. They look like they may rot easily as young plants if overwatered or receive long periods of rain. I foliar feed every 2 weeks with a trace of Phostrogen and this helps plus using a high quality potting mix that drains well. Our climate here is tropical on the coast with very good air movement. Most Agaves i grow will grow all year. These seedlings are slow but i think worth the effort. The more smooth edged Agaves in cultivation the more people will consider growing this genus.
Submitted on 27/03/2007 by GEOFF BREEN guzmadman@yahoo.com.au

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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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