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Agave horrida ssp. horrida

An attractive species from central Mexico (Mexico, Morelos), where it grows at high elevations. It forms a rosette of quite spiny, gray green leaves that are popularly used to make 'Mexcalli,' a mescal liquor. It tolerates drought and some frost.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have practiced germination on agave and it requires a constant bottom heat. I commonly scald the seeds in boiling water and let them soak for 24 hrs before planting them no deeper than 1/2 inch deep full sun or light is required. Seeds germinate sporatically after about 2 weeks. A few a week will sprout for up to 3 months after sowing. Keep soil dry after germination and they must have good drainage.
Submitted on 05/03/2007 by jerod cerveny rebeccasgarden2@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate.
These seeds were great. We stuck them in little 2 oz cups and just watered them every two days and within two days we have little upside down cone type plants popping up. This was so easy and they were just planted in peat moss. The temp has been about 75-80F for the last four weeks around here. Planted about one finger knuckle deep. "from the tip of your finger to the first finger knuckle". Planted ten and got ten. Sprout are about 1/4 inches high already.
Submitted on 01/04/2006 by MJ CENTRALAUCTIONS@AOL.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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