AgaveTuesday, April 28, 2009
I got this wonderful agave about two years ago when it was just a tiny plant. The name 'agave' comes from the Greek word agavos, meaning noble or admirable, and this group of plants have certainly lived up to their name.
It is a type of succulent plant with thick grey-green spiky leaves growing from the middle, forming a rosette. I am not exactly sure of the botanic name of this particular one that I am growing. It does resemble Agave Americana though.
Now the plant leaf is about 2 inches in length. As the plant ages, the leaves grow bigger. The pattern on the leaf will also become more obvious, looking like overlapping shadows of the spiky leaf itself.
I have never tried to propagate this plant using its cuttings as each leaf is so precious! I learnt that it can also be propagated with its seeds or bulbis. I placed this plant at a spot that is undershade (to avoid the rain) but receives direct sunlight in the morning.
It is an easy-to-maintain plant as long as you don’t over-water it. But, once in a while, there will be a dead leaf at the bottom that can be quite difficult to remove due to the spiky and hard leaves.
I only water my agave once a week. If it's over-watered, the leaf will rot. My plant almost died on me once. But as soon as I discovered the leaves were rotting, I quickly changed my water schedule. So be careful when you water your agave!