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Agave tenuifolia

A small Agave with few, narrow, green or bluish leaves, native to somewhat open places in humid forests in central Mexico between 450 and1500 m (1500 and 5000 ft.). In cultivation it prefers filtered light and sufficient water in Summer. It can tolerate light freezes.

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... are of high ornamental value
In Sugar Land, 22 miles SW of Houston in usa they need average care and grow fast.
We purchased the plant from Yucca-Do Nursery and followed their general instrutions on culture. The plant had an offset and we separated it inot two pots. The largest has grown, put out a pup, and a bloom spike. The blooms are tubular and not opened. For a while I tried to pollinate them, but dto no avail. However it now seems that some of the blooms have been polinaed. I am looking forward to seeds. The plant resid4s in the front of our house in filtered shade of Sweet Gum Trees. It gets watered with some regularity, but not flooded. Tahe planting mix drains quickly. It is a great plant for people who LOVE agaves.
Submitted on 01/08/2009 by Harold R. McEuen

... are of high ornamental value
In Sugar Land, TX - A Houston Tx subburb. in USA they need very little care and grow fast.
We purhcased Agave tenuifolia about 5 years ago from YuccaDo Nursery. Following their general recommendations we planted it in a fast drainning soil mix in a 10 inch pot, it placed outside in filtered light and watered it at least once weekly. It has grown well and we now have three offsets and a 6 to 7 foot tall bloom spike. The flowers are tubular and never seem to open. I am trying to hand polinate some flowers in an effort to get some seeds. The soil mix was half potting soil and half small (3 to 4/16ths inch) granite. The plant was top dressed with 1/2 to 5/8 inch granite stones. It spent last winter in a makeshift greenhouse, but should have easily survived our winter temperatures of about 30 degrees F. The longest leaves are about 18 inches long and curl so the plant is only about 18 inches wide. During the time we have had the plant it has been through many large rainstorms with no visible damage.
Submitted on 12/07/2009 by one of our visitors

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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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