Agave 'Silver Star'
Mexico (North America)
Agave desmettiana ''Silver Star'' is a relatively easy-to-grow species. A very striking rosette-forming succulent to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. The graceful 2 foot long leaves, which curve upward and then out, the leaves hold a brilliant silver stripe and have a strong green margin on the lower half of the leaf.
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 'Silver Star' 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.