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Agave shrevei ssp. magna

A magnificent, very large species from northwestern Mexico (Chihuahua, Sinaloa), where it grows at high altitudes in pine-oak woodlands. Its huge rosette holds many blue gray leaves. It is drought tolerant and takes moderate freezes in winter without harm.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Used normal method of sowing on surface and covering with a thin layer of grit or sand. I have tried two different seed sources and got approx 40% in both cases, lower germination than with other agave species but you will still get plants. Interesting reddish seedling colour!
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Copenhagen in Denmark they need average care and grow fast.
Shrevei sp magna survide the winter in Denmark, the last two years (2011-2013), it was placed on the terrace, and covered with an acrylic plate, and straw mats in the very coldest period
Submitted on 03/06/2013 by Frank Fotel

... are of average ornamental value
In Gentofte in Denmark they need very much care and grow fast.
I obtained the seeds from rarepalmseeds, and got a few out of it. one has survived the winter on the terrace during the terrible winter. it was protected by strawmats in the coldest period, and acrylplates when temperature was in plus (celcius). it seem to be one of the few "hardies" that can survive in Denmark, when taken good care of.
Submitted on 26/04/2013 by Frank Fotel

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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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