Germinating Agave Seeds

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  1. extropymine

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    Germinating Agave Seeds - Advice?

    Recently my mother rented a house for a few weeks in Tucson, Arizona. While she was there, she found a couple of seed-pods from Agave growing near the house. She knows I love plants and sent the seeds to me, but I have never tried growing cactus or agave from seed.

    Searching the web has brought me closer to understanding about germinating cactus seed, but I have so far been unable to find a good site that describes agave seed.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I started Agave neomexicana in 5 days using a moist starter mix in a zip lock bag. I've also grown other species of Agave, Cacti and Yucca the same way. Some heat during the day speeds the process.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
  4. Carol Ja

    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I started a few different kinds of Agave this year, all with pretty much the same technique that LPN said, but instead of in plastic bags, I put them in pots with saran wrap over the top, I found it was easier to this way as I didn't have to try and pot them up after. I had the pots on bottom heat to keep them warm. The first ones started to germinate after a few days or so.

    Type of Agave were
    A. americana
    A. americana (superblue)
    A. horrida
    A. victoria reginae
    A.gentri
    A. montana
    I got a high rate of germination.
     
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    Hi Carol,
    I used the baggie method as a space saver. I'm starting 50 - 100 of each type and potting them up only as they germinate.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    Thanks for the responses!

    What do you use as an anti-fungal agent? I have read cinnamon, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide from various sites.

    Wondering what you've found works, because my first attempt got positively covered in that little wispy white fungus.
     
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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I haven't had fungus problems, as I sterilize my soil first.
     
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    Hmm. I hang my head in shame and quietly ask, "how do you do that?"
     
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    Sorry I was away and didn't see the question. I normally cook it in the microwave for awhile to sterilize. (shhh, don't tell my husband)
     

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