Agave desmettiana 'Quicksilver'
Mexico (North America)
Agave Desmettiana ‘Quicksilver’ is a very striking rosette-forming Agave. This agave is a new color variation of Agave desmettiana. Quick Silver is distinguished by its bold and wide center stripe of creamy grey color, and the edges are of a medium green. It makes a stunning specimen plant with the graceful 2 feet long leaves, which curve upward and then out.
The mother plant will die after flowering, but new suckers from below the rosette perpetuate the plant.
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 UsesAgave desmettiana 'Quick Silver' does great in containers or in the ground. This species grows on rocky outcrops, in grasslands or pampas, on plains and walls.
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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