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Agave - Quadricolour

Agave - Quadricolour


Agaves are characterized by succulent or leathery leaves that form rosettes from just 6 inches (15 cm) to more than 20 feet (6.1 m) in diameter. The leaves vary in size, shape, texture, and colors. Leaf margins are usually lined with teeth and tipped with a stiff, sharp spine. A few species have leathery, unarmed leaves. When the plant matures, a tall, branched, or unbranched stalk grows out from the center of the rosette and produces a large number of long-lasting flowers. In some species, the inflorescences can reach more than 33 feet (10 m) in height. Flowers are shortly tubular, in shades of white, yellow, and green, and produce capsule fruits.


Most species are monocarpic. After the development of fruit, the rosette dies. However, throughout the lifetime, most of the Agaves produce rhizomatous suckers that grow into new plants. A few Agave species are polycarpic and can flower several times during their life.


These plants require full sun to partial shade. If you are growing Agaves indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun as possible. Plants that are grown in low-light conditions become etiolated. Agave plants love going outside from spring to fall. Too much direct sunlight, when plants are not acclimated, can cause sunburn.


Mature plants are very drought tolerant. From spring to fall, water thoroughly your Agave when the soil becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Overwatering may encourage fungal root rot. When you are first establishing an Agave plant outdoors, water once or twice a week.


Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.



* Picture and information intended only as a guide. Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.

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