Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Agave


I am in enchanting New Mexico gazing on this splendid Agave specimen that is thriving outdoors. They can also thrive indoors. Many of the species are fairly large and can be used as a living showpiece indoors. They do to tend to be spiky in some way, so that should be considered, before deciding if this plant is right for your home.

An agave in a 10" or larger pot is a great choice as a low maintenance plant because most likely, they will require water only about once a month, more or less. They can be a quiet and striking tribute to life, in your home, if you a sunny place for them.  There are smaller Agave species available as indoor plants also, that are sturdy and fascinating to live with and good for beginning indoor horticulturists.

These succulent, often rosette-shaped succulents are mainly Mexican natives.  Their flower clusters spring up quite tall from their centers but are not too colorful.  Surprisingly, the Agave is the same family as the winter blooming Amaryllis! 

Care Instructions---
  • Direct sun indoors.  Full afternoon sun is great for it.
  • Water larger specimens in 8" (20 cm),diameter pots or larger when the plant is dry 2"-3" below the soil surface.  It can tolerate drying out more.  Moisture meters for indoor plants are especially helpful with succulents in larger containers.  Water thoroughly when ready but don't let them sit in water for more than a couple of hours.
  • Smaller specimens should be watered when the soil surface appears very dry.
  • If plants have sat dry for too long they will start to shrivel up but recover well.
  • Soil moisture measuring meters for houseplants can be a wonderful tool for some and especially for spiny plants!  They are available at many garden centers and online.
  • Fertilize occasionally.
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**To see information on other indoor plants, click here:  The Indoor Garden blog
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