New Agave: Agave x romanii 'Shadow Dancer'

Agave x romanii 'Shadow Dancer'.  I've never heard of Agave x romanii.  Supposedly x romanii is Agave filifera x A. mitis albidior.  Supposedly.  (A mitis used to be called A. celsii, if you were not sufficiently confused.)   This is said to be a dwarf sport version of that with some color variation.  Okay, whatever.  It looks a little 'Blue Glow'-y to me.  Just a little.  Read the stuff in that link.  Ocahui x attenuata is supposedly 'Blue Glow'. 

Whatever.  It's cute.
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I repotted the little Agave immediately upon receiving it.  It arrived in a pot of what appeared to be sodden ground wood, not an ideal media for Agave roots.  The crown of the plant and the first two inches of roots were further encased in a solid tube of sodden peat, also not the very best thing for Agave roots.  What little plants can be rapidly grown out in for eight weeks in a controlled environment is not what they should be growing in long term.  The roots looked okay, but it was time for them to be out of decomposing sawdust.  

Speaking of long term in a pot, my Aloe re-survey posts worked--creating strong motivation to get poor Aloe suprafoliata out of its little pot and into the ground.  Just in time--I hope.  The root system didn't look so great.  It had been in the pot far too long. 
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It is under shade cloth cover for a few weeks, until the solar intensity subsides in mid-October, so it can settle in and grow some healthy roots--I hope...
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The thought did occur that I need a real potting bench instead of my usual awkward arrangement.  Having a potting bench sitting unused--I'd be highly motivated to actually use it.  Repotting would be easy.
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I'll put it on the list.  Motivation is no mystery.  We know what motivates us;  we just don't want to admit it.  Fear of looking stupid works great.   

Comments

  1. Hah! Yes, fear of looking stupid. I adore your cute little new Agave with the curly tips. I have found the same problem with the medium in which many Agaves I've bought have been encased.

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    1. Not just Agaves...'Bello Grigio' Stachys dropped dead last week, I dug it up to discover it had been originally potted in sawdust that was rotting--RIP 'Bello Grigio'. Sigh.

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  2. That little agave is a doll, sounds like it was a mail order purchase? Makes me very happy to know there are new agaves out there for me to discover.

    Re: the potting bench I've been on a hunt for awhile. I have in mind exactly what I want, the trouble is actually finding it at a price I can afford.

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    1. Yes, mail order. It is a real cutie.

      Potting bench, I'm also not finding what I want. The potting benches for sale new as "potting benches" are almost all made-in-China overpriced flimsy junk. Or else they are so expensive one might as well buy a vintage solid walnut sideboard and put it outside. What to do, what to do...

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  3. It's very cute indeed, and a unique looking Agave too. Another one to look out for...

    We don't have a potting bench and have been redoing all our reporting on the ground in an awkward position. Potting bench is much friendlier to back. Difficult to find nice ones though that's not overpriced.

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    1. Yes, I've been looking for some kind of used table. So many are not very good and still overpriced.

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  4. It is a cute little agave, another baby for your family of agaves. I would love a potting bench instead of sitting on the ground which is awkward for me now or using the table from my outdoor setting and making a mess all over it.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Hmmm! Seems I'm not the only one in need of a potting bench! :^)

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  5. Great agave. On my watch list now. I'm excited that there are new introductions for me to discover.

    I don't have a potting bench either but I just cleared off a table I'll start to use. Let's see how that goes.

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    1. A table sounds way better than the patio concrete!

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