Agave geminiflora (Tagl.) Ker Gawl.
Twin Flowered Agave
Agave geminiflora is a dwarf, single-stemmed Agave with leaves that cascade from the center of the plant and form a dense rounded rosette. The leaves are narrow, dark green, unarmed, and very flexible. Rosete grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall with an equal diameter. When plants mature, they will initiate flowers formed in pairs on an unbranched spike that rises to 10 feet (3 m).
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.
In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When you do repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Endemic to the Mexican State of Nayarit.
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Agave geminiflora (Twin Flowered Agave) is an ornamental, single-stemmed dwarf Agave with narrow, dark green unarmed leaves that are very flexible. The leaves cascade from the center of the plant forming a dense rounded rosette up to 90 cm tall and wide. When plants mature they will initiate flowers which are formed in pairs on an unbranched spike that rises up to 3 m.
Scientific Name: Agave geminiflora (Tagl.) Ker Gawl.
Synonyms: Littaea geminiflora (basionym)
Common Names: Twin Flowered Agave
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. A south or south-east facing window works great.
It prefers to grow in well-drained soil. Use standard succulent or cacti potting mix.
It prefers warm spring and summer temperatures 70ºF/21ºC – 90ºF/32ºC and cooler fall and winter temperatures 50ºF/10ºC – 60ºF/15ºC.
In spring, water this plant when the top inch of soil is totally dry. Don’t let the soil become completely dry. In the winter and fall, when growth is suspended, water very lightly. Too much water can cause root rot or cause the leaves to become pale and flop.
Fertilize with a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer. Do not feed during fall and winter.
It can be easily propagated from offshoots which is the fastest and most reliable method of agave plant production. Agave plants put out offshoots from the base of the mother plants that are easily removed to begin a new plant. Growing agave from seed produces a large number of plants quickly. A moist, sterile soil mix containing equal parts perlite and sphagnum peat is ideal for germinating seeds in a warm location with indirect light. The soil must stay lightly moist until the plants are established. A clear plastic covering helps keep the soil moist during the two to three weeks until the seeds sprout, then a daily misting keeps the seedlings moist until ready to transplant.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Watch for mealybugs and scale.
Agave gemiflora is one of the most adaptable agaves of all agaves growing well in full sun to shade as long as it is not heavy shade. They do require a well drained soil and in all but the driest conditions require little to no water.
Frost and extreme cold can be overcome by growing in pots or containers and overwintering indoors or similar sheltered position.