Agave Brachteosa

Agave Brachteosa

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Name

Agave bracteosa

What you will get

A well rooted plant in a 2ltr pot.

About

Agave bracteosa is a small to medium sized Agave with leaves that arch, curve and recurve gracefully. It's unlike any other Agave - it looks a bit like an octopus! The leaves are pale green, long and thin with smooth edges and no terminal spine. The central core purses together clasping the central new growth. It's one of the few Agaves that does not die after flowering, and it will also tolerate slightly damper conditions than most Agaves.

Family

Agavaceae

Origin.

Northern Sierra Madra Mexico

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. Firstly you can plant the agave (still in its pot) into the ground. The gravel on the top of the pot allows you to lift the plant in its pot in 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. It is also recommended to top dress Agaves with gravel too, it keeps the leaves off the soil and makes them look their best. This works if they are in pots or in 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 an exotic garden.