Agave decipiens is a tree-like, evergreen, succulent plant with a stem 1 - 3 metres tall topped by a dense rosette of sword-shaped leaves usually 70 - 100cm long[
]. The plant frequently produces suckers[
The plant produces a fibre, but it is generally considered to be too weak for most purposes.
Southeast N. America - Florida.
Sandy soils in hammocks at around sea level[
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Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
Agave decipiens might have been introduced from Latin America by Native Americans; it is not otherwise known from the wild. The proliferation of chromosome numbers suggests prolonged human propagation and a probable hybrid origin[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
]. The fibre is very white, fine and soft, but only half the strength of sisal (Agave sisalana) and is therefore considered to be inferior[
Seed - surface sow in a container in a light position. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of well-drained soil when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position until they are at least 20cm tall.
Division of suckers.
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