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Agave chrysantha

Golden-Flowered Agave

Native to the mountains of Arizona, this species grows up to altitudes of 2100 m (6900 ft.). Its attractive rosette of stiff, blue gray leaves can get quite large. It is hardy to heat, drought and extreme cold.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Put 4 seeds in a closed plastic coca cola bottle with sand and placed the pot above a radiator in the winter in a cool room. Daily room temperature around 22C celsius and night 12C celcius. In the bottle the temp was higher and moist.The first one get green leaves within 7 days the rest within 14 days. Very easy Agave to germinate and grow.I lay the seeds on top of the sand with just a little sand cover. Not to much! and no sooking.
Submitted on 01/01/2007 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
10 seeds were put in a clay pot with humid spaghnum and placed in a little glass greenhouse in the window, the all germinated within 14 days, but only 5 survived for unknown reasons, now after 3 years they are doing well and are growing fine outside in my garden (denmark)
Submitted on 13/01/2005 by frank Fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
100% germination, lost a couple to damping off, but also had one recover. Very rewarding, and can't wait to try some others. No special treatment, sowed the seeds very shallow in a store bought cactus mix and put the whole thing under cover on top of a warm cupboard.
Submitted on 12/05/2004 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 average ornamental value
In Somerset in England they need little care and grow normal.
This is a lovely plant that grows very well in a mix of 1 sand 1 loam and 1 gravel. It is a very rewarding plant to grow. I water it once every 2 weeks, it lives in full sun in my glasshouse and never drops below o.
Submitted on 27/08/2007 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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