by aditya abhishek
Agave also known as century plant, maguey, or American aloe is a perennial succulent plant that bloom only once after 25 years. They are native to Mexico and America
Hot and dry climate similar to Southwest and Mediterranean climates are great for growing agave. They can not survive harsh cold.
Well drained sandy soil is ideal for agave plant. Prepare potting mix with 50% garden soil + 40% leaf compost or dung manure + 10% river sand.
You can easily propagate agave from pups that grow around the mother plant. Separate them along with roots and plant them in a new pot.
Daily 6 hours of bright direct sunlight is good for caring for agave. But it can also grow under indirect sunlight.
Agave is a hardy plant and hates waterlogged soil. Apply water only when top layer of soil becomes dry.
Avoid feeding potassium rich fertilizers to agave as it can promote flowering early. But after flowering agave plant dies. Use nitrogen rich fertilizer once in a season.
Bring agave plant indoors during winters if there is any threat of frost in your region. Otherwise you can keep them outside in winters.
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