Agave Americana Agavaceae also called lentury plant here I have written plant care, propagation and how to grow this plant ,agave Americana medicinal uses and Agave Americana Agavaceae benefits also.
A group of succulent plants grown for their “architectural” appeal, agaves are often referred to as century plants because of the mistaken belief that flowers appear only once every 100 years.
|Agave americana Variegata century plant image|
In reality, plants will flower when they reach about 10 years of age; indoors, this is unlikely. This species grows so big that it can be used as a houseplant only when • ang—the leaves of a fully grown specimen may exceed 6ft/1.8m.
The plant forms a stemless open rosette of blue-gray leaves with needle-sharp points on the tips, so it must be kept out of the way of rassersby and children, and gloves should be worn when inspecting it.
In spite of these drawbacks, this agave is magnificent when grown as a -recimen. Several variegated forms are available.
HEIGHT Rosette to 6ft/1.8m and flower spike to 25ft/7.5m outdoors.
POTTING MIX Soil-based, with coarse sand or perlite added for I drainage.
REPOTTING In spring, move into a pot one size larger; top-dress plants that have reached maximum convenient pot size.
PROPAGATION Detach offsets 3-4in/8-10cm long from the base of the | riant. Leave them to dry for a day or two before potting them up.
KEEPING PLANTS In good conditions, plants will last for many years. If they flower, the rosette will die.
Agave Americana Agavaceae plant care guide
- A sunny position at all times.
- Minimum winter temperature of 50°F/10°C and normal room temperature at other time is good.
- Allow top two-third of the soil to dry out before watering.
- Apply a weak liquid fertilizer every two weeks from early spring to late summer.