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Agave Americana Marginata
98.0 AED (-13%)
Botanical name:- Century Plant – Agave Americana Marginata.
|Scientific name||Agave americana|
|Temperature requirement||25-35 °C|
|Light||Bright full sun|
|Watering||water everyday &keep moist|
|Pet friendliness||Toxic to pets and humans|
|Maximum plant height||90-180 cm|
|Potting mix||potting soil/Red soil/manure/perlite|
|Pot requirement||Good drainage&repot every 1-2 years|
|Nutrition||Apply Manure for first 15 days and NPK for next 15 days|
|Pruning&training||Remove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears|
|Description||Known as the Century Plant, this is the most popular of agave species, which are native to|
the southwestern United States, Mexico and northern South America. It forms freely suckering
rosettes of about 25 bluish-green, fleshy leaves up to 1.2 metres long and 20 cm wide. The
lanceolate leaves have strong, hooked, dark spines on their edges and sharp tips, which may injure
unwary passers by. A position at a distance from foot trafficked areas is essential. It is best suited
to a rock garden, where it tolerates poor and saline soils, drought and heat. When grown in a pot,
A. americana requires good drainage. The tall bloom stalks with flowers reach a total height of 6
metres, or sometimes even 13 metres. It does not take a century for the plant to grow, flower and
die, but it is an astonishing event anyway. The stalks, which resemble asparagus, may grow up to
30 cm a day and then branch into cushions of yellowish flowers. Bulbils or baby plants, produced
on the flower’s stalk, can be used for propagation, as can offsets and seeds. At this stage, extra
watering is beneficial. The flower stalk can be roasted and eaten. A. americana usually flowers
when ten or more years old, after which the plant dies: the dramatic dry bloom stalk is sometimes
left as an attraction. Agaves are very easy to grow in gulf regions; they have bold, sculptural forms,
and are a strong accent in parks and gardens. They require only low maintenance such as tidying
up dead leaves or pruning unwanted offsets. They are sometimes attacked by the agave weevil.
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