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Agave parryi var. truncata

Certainly the most amazing out of the different varieties of A. parryi, this one forms short, broad, beautiful pale or silvery green leaves, with a short, black terminal thorn, in a compact, cup-shaped rosette to 35 cm (1 ft.) across, or perhaps larger in cultivation. Native to Zacatecas, Mexico, where it grows in dry, rocky places in open pine forest, it is less cold hardy than var. parryi but easily makes up in beauty for this.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate.
Ten seeds germinated in ten days. I placed the dry seeds in a one quart freezer bag containing peat moss moistened (not wet) with a Captan fungicide solution and kept it inside at room temperature. Very easy.
Submitted on 20/04/108 by Don Truman

... 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.
This is another no mess job. Seeds germinated after 10 days and others followed quickly. I used moist standard seed mix with 30% perlite added as it is quite humid here.
Submitted on 07/01/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia togtan@streamyx.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
First sign of germination after only a couple of 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

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
4 germinated out of 9 sown (grit/sand & soil mix - room temp) after 26 days. First one appeared at 14 days.
Submitted on 22/03/2007 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.

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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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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