Agave Filifera

Agave Filifera

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Names & common name

Agave filifera

What you will get

A well rooted plant in a 2ltr pot.

About

Agave filifera is a small to medium species that forms clumps of rosettes. The leaves are dark green and have smooth edges that are abundantly covered with fine white filaments. The leaves are long and thin and end in a short, stout grey spine. A beautiful plant that's great for a pot.

Family

Agavaceae

Origin.

State of Hildalgo Mexico

Care & planting

The most important thing when growing Agaves in the UK is to keep them dry in winter. If you are growing them in pots this is easy. Move them into a green house or shed ect with good light and do not water them from October till it warms up in the spring. Make sure if you are growing Agaves in pots that you use a good soil based compost and add a third grit for drainage. If you are wanting to plant your Agave in the garden you have a couple of options, you can plant the agave still in its pot and the gravel over this allows you to lift the plant and pot in the winter. If you want to permanently plant your Agave in the ground drainage is key - a slope or raised bed is perfect for this. Make sure to add plenty of gravel to the soil before planting, you can dig a hole and fill it with gravel and plant the Agave in the gravel. I always like to top dress my Agaves with gravel too, it keeps the leaves off the soil and makes them look at their best. This works if they are in pots or the ground. Most Agaves are amazingly tough plants and they can take cold temperatures, but they must be dry.

Uses

Great as a pot plant or in the ground in milder areas of the UK they give a very architectural feel to the exotic garden.