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Agave gentryi (La Escondida)

We haven't yet been able to put a firm name to this population of Agaves found at around 2000 m (6500 ft.) in open areas as well as in shade as understorey in pine forest near the small town of La Escondida in northeastern Mexico. It strongly resembles Agave macroculmis, which it most likely is. It has a huge presence, with enormous, really wide, dark green, triangular leaves. It should be quite tough, too, taking severe frost with ease, and not too fussy about humidity, since its habitat gets relatively high rainfall and occasionally even snow.

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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.
Submitted on 08/02/2008 by Mark Williams industrial@sky.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I got almost 100% germination in about 2 weeks. Just put them in a container with potting soil ~ cover them about 3/8 inch ~ water thoroughly once and cover loosely with plastic to hold in the heat and humidity. Remove the plastic after they start to appear and give them good ventilation and light. Water sparingly until they have a couple of true leaves.
Submitted on 10/05/2006 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
easy! 60% of the seeds from rarepalm.. germinated after 6 days at 20 degrees celcius in the window sill
Submitted on 08/06/2005 by Frank Fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy. Loads of seedlings within 3 weeks.
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

Grown in Copenhagen in Denamrk.
of the 6 seedlings i had, 4 were put in the ground outside facing south. in december the first frost( -5degrees) celcius killed 2 of them, so 2 still survive in the wet.I have 2 still on a protected and dry terrace, they still look fine.
Submitted on 15/12/2005 by Frank Fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

Grown in copenhagen in denmark.
i put my first seedlings out in may and they grew really nicely all summer; but they did not prove to be hardy to either frost alone or snow and frost. Untill now they have experienced down to -10 celcius, and they are all gone now. they have been put in pots in a dry place, outside in the ground, and in pots outside, but all have died. The agave montane didnt like it either, but the one potted in the dry survived untill now. I know i m hard to them (denmark) but anyway if they just survive a few years i m a lucky man
Submitted on 27/01/2006 by Frank Fotel frankfotel@yahoo.com

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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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