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Agave havardiana

A beautiful, medium-sized Agave, native to western Texas, that forms a tight rosette of well armed, bluish-grey leaves. It can take heavy freezes with ease but needs a very well drained spot in full sun.

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germination comments by our visitors
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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.
Surface sown on a gritty soil based compost, lightly covered in grit in a warm glasshouse, seeds germinate in a week.
Submitted on 16/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First sign of germination after only a few days. Sewn in a mixture of 1 part perlite, 1 part vermiculite & 1 part multi-purpose compost.
Submitted on 28/05/2007 by Mark Williams industrial@sky.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I covered the seeds in cactus-moss, that I got from supermarket, I kept the moss in moist enviroment all the time and the temperature was about 80°F(27C). Almost every seed germinated within 11 days....they are growing very slowly and are still just 1.2in tall, they are 6 months now.
Submitted on 04/02/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

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

... are of high ornamental value
In South Worcestershire in U.K. they need very little care and grow slow.
There is one plant of this sp. growing in a very well drained raised bed in full sun. The medium is virtually soiless, being a mixture of sand and small stones. In the building trade in the U.K. it is called 'As Dug'. Because of it's free draining nature it does need fertiliser twice a year. A surface granular one is used. No watering is done, and no overhead protection given. This have been there two years and is now twice the size and has been exposed to both frost and snow.
Submitted on 16/07/2007 by Gary Fisher garyfisher_sigi@tiscali.co.uk

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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

Our rating:
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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