Agave Angustifolia

SKU: MYBG-CACT-AGAV-ANGU
filler
Rs.400
Pot size: 5"

Genus

Agave

Flower Color

Yellow

Fragrance

Non Fragrant

Flowering Season

Summer

Maintenance

Low

Size

Medium

Water Requirement

Once a Week

With Pots

Yes

Sunlight Requirement

Outdoor Shade,Outdoor Sun

Use

Low Maintenance,Outdoor

Product Description

Agave angustifolia , is a handsome, small-medium sized agave with a dense round rosette of leaves borne from a very short trunk 3-6 dm tall.

Agave vivipara 

Family

Aspaeagaceae

Native

Mexico

Description

Agave angustifolia (Caribbean Agave) is a  medium sized agave - 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide with a dense rosette, rounded in outline, atop a short trunk 1 to 2 feet tall that is usually hidden until plants get some age (about when they bloom!). The 2 foot long leaves are fairly stiff, narrow (2-4 inches) and concave towards the middle with a broad central band colored light green to greyish-green or bluish-grey in colour,

The massive flower clusters (1-2 m long) are borne at the top of a very robust flowering stem. These flower clusters have 10-20 branches, with the branches being further divided towards their tips (i.e. they are terminal panicles). Individual flowers are borne in an upright (i.e. erect) position on short stalks (i.e. pedicels). These greenish-yellow flowers (5-6.5 cm long) are borne in groups towards the tips of the branches. They have six 'petals' (i.e. perianth segments or tepals) that are fused together at the base into a short tube (8-16 mm long) with spreading lobes (18-24 mm long). The flowers also have six very large stamens, consisting of stalks (i.e. filaments) 3.5-4.5 cm long and yellow anthers (20-30 mm long). They also have a large ovary topped with a style and three stigmas.

Environment

Agaves need full sun and gritty soil that percolates easily. They can even do quite well when potted but use an unglazed clay pot that will allow evaporation of excess moisture.

Water needs are moderate to light depending upon the heat of the season but the Cactus should be allowed to dry out before irrigation

In growing season they benefit from the application of a granulated time release fertilizer that will provide nutrient to the plant.

Landscape Uses

It is also a popular landscape plant in beach gardens

Agave plants are easy to care, drought tolerant and perennial. They are hardy plants which require full sunlight and gritty soil. Agaves make for one of the best outdoor plants as they are very low on maintenance and can survive the punishing heat in India.

Watering needs to be done sparingly but thoroughly. Water agaves once the soil goes completely dry. Have a drainage hole so as to let the excess water drain out. Over watering can cause root rot in agave so be careful while watering them. Addition of pebbles and rocks increase the drainage capability in a container.

Agave plants need fertilising only in summers when the plant is actively growing. It is best to leave the plant alone in winters. Do not try to repot it during the winters as it does not like getting disturbed.

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