Agave indoor - home care, transplantation and reproduction
Plant like agave is quite unpretentious. And this is the same as his closest relatives, which are: aloe, cacti, haworthia and other succulents. It can survive a lot, but for normal growth and development, it still needs proper care. And the better you care for the agave, the more benefit it will bring.
Some useful information on agave. So, this wonderful plant was named after the daughter of a mythical king of ancient Greece. Agave (Agave) is translated as: excellent, noble, wonderful. Among the people, it received a rather unusual name "agave" and this, because there is an opinion that this plant blooms only 1 time in 100 years. But this is not an unfounded belief, because there are varieties of agave that really bloom only once a century. However, the most common species blooming in the wild 1 time in 10-15 years, but if it is kept in the greenhouse, then flowering can occur only after 20-30 years. The interesting thing is that after the plant fades, it dies.
The birthplace of agave is Mexico, and this plant is simply adored there, because even the very name of this country is translated as "place of agave." From this wonderful plant, a lot of useful things are produced, for example, such as: paper, ropes, and even tequila (Native American moonshine pulke), which is very popular among the local population. And this plant is very useful in that it has excellent medicinal properties.Agave is able to cure many diseases and from it is a huge number of different healing agents. If you have a desire to grow it at home, then you just need to know how to properly care for it.
Agave Care at Home
Adult agave is quite large. That is why dwarf species are most often chosen for indoor cultivation or agave is grown while it is young.
This plant simply adores the light and it will not be damaged at all by the direct rays of the sun. Remember that the more light the agave receives, the better. If she lacks light, then her leaves will become very small, and the plant itself will stretch. This should be taken into account in the winter, when the days are much shorter, and less sunlight.
In the warm season, agave is recommended to be transferred to fresh air, and if there is such a possibility, plant it in open ground. However, she will feel good at home at normal room temperature. Agave is not afraid of summer heat, which distinguishes it from most other domestic plants.
In the winter season, this plant must be placed in a room where the temperature will be in the range of 4-10 degrees.
How to water
In the summer, water the plant should be moderate and regular. It is impossible to allow both overflow and drying out of an earthen coma. In winter, watering is highly dependent on the agave wintering conditions.In the event that it is not possible to provide her with a cold wintering, then watering should be carried out in the same way as in the warm season. If the plant is provided with a cold wintering, then watering should be significantly reduced. In any case, the following feature should be taken into account - the soil must necessarily dry out, but long-term drying should in no case be allowed. Remember that it is better to overdry than to overfill.
So, if the room is cool, and the soil in the flowerpot is constantly wet, there is a high probability of stem and root rot.
Agave dressing is carried out only in the warm season, and more precisely, from the month of May to the beginning of September. Fertilize the plant 1 time in 4 weeks. For feeding, as a rule, they use general fertilizer for succulents or special for cacti. In winter, fertilizing is prohibited.
How to transplant
A very young plant, until it reaches the age of four, it is necessary to transplant every year. Adult agave is subjected to this procedure less frequently, or rather, every 2 or 3 years. And this is a prerequisite if you want your house to be decorated with a lush and very spectacular bush.
For transplanting, you can use purchased soil intended for cacti. If you have a desire, then you yourself can make a suitable earth mixture. You need to mix sheet and clay-turf soil, as well as sand in a ratio of 1: 3: 1.
Do not forget about good drainage.
Agave can be propagated in many ways,but most often they use offspring or rhizome cuttings for this. However, it is quite possible to grow it from seeds, but it is worth considering that it is much more difficult and longer.
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