Agave

Tuesday, 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!

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8 comments

  1. Stephanie, those Agave spears can be quite dangerous. Luckily, some Agaves have safer edges and tips. I tend to like these in the garden since I'm always so worried than my little urchin will get poked! It is a beautiful color, though. I know what you mean about root rot, too. If one of my potted succulents looks limp, I usually re-pot it in dry potting medium, wait for a week or so, and commence watering very gingerly.

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  2. Steph, this plant is cool with it's shade of blue/grey. I think they get huge (and dangerous!) so be careful! I liked the post on the watermelon begonia, too! Thanks for visiting me :)

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  3. U should put it in your bedroom and use it to wake your husband in the morning. Haha.. just kidding :)

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  4. Hi Stephanie, thanks 4 visiting my Blog and your wonderful comments.
    Your Agave is beautiful i liked the color, i always wanted to grow Agave, still its in my wishlist,
    Your garden is soooo beautiful

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  5. Good advice. I just picked up one of these plants last weekend and was not sure what to do with it. Thanks!

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  6. Their like cactus, low maintenance, or you will kill them with too much attention. :)

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  7. Steph - great blog! Watch out with the agave...they can become addictive! You start with one and then you find another, and then a friend gives you one as a gift and....well, pretty soon you have a collection!

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  8. Very nice tile floor for flower pot gardening.

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