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Agave parryi

A spectacular smallish, compact species that forms tight rosettes of up to 160 broad, silvery gray to pale green leaves. Native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico where it grows at high elevations, it is very tolerant of drought and cold.

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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.
So easy! It was probably a week and they had sprouted! Wow is all I could say, when I looked down and here came 25 sprouts all at once! I barely threw them in the dirt and there was no soaking first or any germination preperation. The weather is even a bit chily and they still popped right up out of the soil in late November. Used wet potting soil and put them in about 1/2 inch under the soil. They tend to pop themselves right out of the ground and you may have to dig them another little hole and cover them back up. If they stay out then they will die. If put back into the soil, they develope into healthy/stout little agaves.
Submitted on 30/11/2007 by mj centralauctions@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Scarified and soaked seeds overnight in water with fungicide. Put in vermiculite soaked with fungicide water in plastic bags on seed warming pad. 100% germination in 2 weeks. Very easy.
Submitted on 07/01/2006 by Eric SilverSanteFe@aol.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Scarified seeds with file and soaked overnight in warm water. Placed seeds in fungicide moistened vermiculite on seed warming pad. 100% germination within 10 days. Transferred seeds to small pots. Very easy.
Submitted on 26/12/2005 by Eric SilverSanteFe@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
100% germination in 2 weeks at 75 deg F. in Jiffy pots, no soaking.
Submitted on 25/04/105 by John Beland mbeland1@cox.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
...easy to germinate and need up to 10 days to sprout. After receiving the seed immediately I plant them in vermiculite in full sun first seed sprouted in 5 days the temperatures was 30 to 35C after 10 days 90% of the seeds germinated.
Submitted on 03/05/2005 by abdulla abdulla@bgroupme.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy 90% germinated within 1 week in Vermiculite in 40°C. ;)
Submitted on 01/08/2005 by Hamad Alfalasi hmalfalasi@gmail.com

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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 normal.
There are several plants 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. They have been there two years, are now twice the size and produce lots of offsets upto 60cm away from the parent plants. Frequent frost down to -10C and 10cm of snow this year.
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

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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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