Smooth agave is one of the 'soft' and 'people-friendly' agaves. It is a moderate grower ranging in height from 3 to 5 feet with equal spread.
It produces densely produces basal off shoots (short-stemmed rhizomes) and is monocarpic (individual rosettes die after flowering) like most other agaves in this genus.
Leaves are formed in regular rosette patterns, strap-shaped, succulent, deep green to 4 feet long. Leaves are usually recurved or reflexed and the margins are typically smooth but occassionaly have tiny spines.
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.
Strong accent, focal point for desert gardens; oasis and xeric landscape design themes. Great for use around desert and oasis ramadas and patios. Often effectively used in mass or groups spaced at 5 to 6 feet on center.
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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