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Heatherb413
Sep 20, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Hello,

I'm trying to grow agave from seeds for the first time. I had them in a sealed plastic bag until they germinated. I've had them out of the bag for about a week and I'm not sure if they are growing correctly. They look a little stringy and it looks like the white part of the root is partly about the sandy soil. Any advice on making sure they are getting the care they need to grow well? Thank you!
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DaisyI
Sep 20, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Where did you get your seed?
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Heatherb413
Sep 21, 2017 7:42 AM CST
I ordered them on Amazon. Do they look strange?
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DaisyI
Sep 21, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Those actually may be Agave. Time will tell.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 21, 2017 10:53 AM CST
They look like agaves to me, though they could be plenty of other things too. Hard to be certain at this point. I'm not sure what to do about the ones that are pushing their roots out of the soil, but your young plants look like they would benefit from stronger light. If they're indoors, try to provide hours of daily sun. Water when the soil is going dry but before it's actually dry. For me, here, given mild temps and hours of sun, that works out to about twice a week.

You might lay down a thin layer of fine gravel (not more than about one rock thick) on top of the soil to try to stabilize the seedlings that are starting to go sideways. Normally that's what I lay down on top of the seeds right after I sow them. The seedlings will be quite slow at the beginning, so it's important to be patient. With strong light and a reasonable watering schedule, it's mostly a matter of waiting until they start to resemble real agaves with an actual rosette.

Good luck!
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Heatherb413
Sep 21, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Thank you for this information! I will adjust the lighting and add some gravel to help stabilize these. Thank you!

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