Growing Agave

Agave plants are popular house plants due to their ease to grow and their ability to thrive in almost any environment.

Typically they are grown as house plants and used for decoration when grown by hobbyists. They are also grown on an industrial scale for the production of tequila.

There are different types of agave, some of the species of agave are more popular to grow and are the more frequently seen. Agave atenuata, agave americana and agave tequilana are some of the most common selections for those looking to grow agave plants.

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Ideal Growing Conditions

The agave is an extremely resilient plant and is hospitable to most climates. Places that reach freezing temperatures could be an issue for outdoor specimens, but other than that; the plants needs are very simple.

As a matter of fact, this is a plant that tends to function better when given minimal attention and is left to its own devices for the most part.

The agave will need access to plenty of sunlight. Many people who have grown plants as a hobby are used to more delicate plants that have to be given access to only a certain degree of sunlight per day, such as flowers that will start to dry out if they are given more than four to six hours of access to direct sunlight. With an agave plant, there really is no such thing as too much sun. The desert origins of this plant cause it to thrive in hot, sunny weather.

Agave plants can also be kept indoors or outside. If kept indoors, you will need to water the plant every so often since it does not have access to rain. Depending on the size of you agave, it may only need to be watered every week or perhaps even every other week.

The agave is not designed to take on water constantly like some plants, but instead it is used to getting access to water only occasionally and then saving it for later.

Agave plants do best when planted in drained soil. Most plant shops will have a cactus-mix for soil options and this will work wonderfully for agave plants.

Dangers

There aren’t many dangers you will need to protect your agave plant from; its thick thorny leaves tend to keep most animals away and even household pets with a tendency to chew on plants will learn through their own common sense not to mess with your agave plant.

The only real threat to an agave is certain insects that may burrow into it if the agave is kept outdoors. The agave snout weevil is the most common predator of this plant, hence the name. There is little that can be done against them save for the typical preventative measures against parasites.

If your agave does succumb to an agave weevil, keep in mind that the weevil will likely have laid eggs inside the plant. Take measures to destroy any eggs or grubs so that they will not spread.