Agave / Agave
It belongs to the family of agave Fatherland - South America and the South of North America.
General description: It has more than 50 species, but due to its large size only dwarf forms or seedlings are suitable for rooms.
Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria's Agave) is most common. The leaves are gray-green, narrow and long, hard, with brown tips at the ends. Along the edges of the leaves are thin snow-white, easily exfoliated strips.
Blooms yellowish apical rosettes of spherical shape.
A larger species is Agave americana. Forms differ in leaf color: A.mediopicta - leaves with a wide yellow stripe in the middle, A. marginata - leaves with bright yellow edges.
The leaves have brown tips in the form of teeth, a bulge on the underside. Can grow in length over a meter. Greatly similar and inflorescence (in some cases more than 10 m), has the shape of a panicle. It blooms once in its life, about the fifteenth year, later blooming dies, but leaves the layers.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Agave :
Illumination: Light-loving, prefers southern windows, especially in winter. In summer, she loves the fresh atmosphere on the sunny side. With a flaw of light is pulled out, the leaves are thinning. Due to its large size, it is difficult to put on the windowsill. The way out is in additional artificial lighting.
Watering mode: Moderate in summer. In winter, if it is not possible to provide cool air, water is watered to the measure of the drying of the soil. In the cool water is watered once a week. Overflow can be destructive, especially if there is no drainage.
Humidity: Requires periodic spraying, especially in winter, if the atmosphere is above 15 ° C. Extremely low atmospheric humidity contributes to the emergence of a spider mite.
Temperature: In winter, it can tolerate temperatures up to 4 ° C. In the warm season, the usual temperature.
Soil: Mandatory drainage. Allowed to add to the ground broken red brick, birch coal. Recommended soil mash: 3 elements of clay-sod land, 1 share of leaf land and 1 part of sand. It will be useful to add brick chips () and pieces of birch coals. In the warm season, every three to four weeks requires feeding. Fertilizers for succulents and cacti are suitable.
Breeding: Layering, cuttings or seeds.
Transplant: Young - every year in spring, mature - once a couple or three years.
Pests: Rarely affected.
Good for rooms Agave filifera (Agave filamentous), so named because of threadlike endings on the leaves.
Agave parviflora (Agave small-flowered) because of its compactness seems ideal for breeding.
Agave filifera (Agave filamentous)
Agave parviflora (Agave small flower)