Agave Blue Glow Plant

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

$69.99

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Description

 

The Agave Blue Glow Plant is an evergreen succulent that grows in Mexico and the Southwest United States. It is a hybrid between the Agavaceae attenuata and the Agavaceae ocahui, and was created by Rancho Soledad.

The plant has blue and green leaves with a chalky feel to them on the outside. The leaves are broad and rigid, coming to a sharp point at the end. The plant grows to be about 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

The Agave Blue Glow plant produces flowers, which are red and yellow, once in its lifetime before it dies. This is because the plant uses all of its energy to grow the stalk and create seeds. The flowers grow as a stalk that can reach heights of 10 feet, and it can take about 3 to 4 months for them to grow.

Its active growth period is during the late summer, or June and July. The Agave Blue Glow grows best in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11, and it needs hot and dry conditions to survive.

Agave Blue Glow Plant Care

Overall, the Agave Blue Glow Plant is low-maintenance and a great starting plant for beginners who want to learn how to grow succulents. The plant needs at least 6 hours a day of full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade as well. Although it is tolerant to moderate cold, it needs to be covered during the winter months to protect it from frost.

If the Agave Blue Glow is planted indoors, place it near a south-facing window where sunlight can reach it throughout the day. Although it can still grow if kept indoors, flowers may not bloom. Ensure there is about 5 feet between each plant to give them plenty of room to grow.

To prune the Agave Blue Glow plant, use a sharp object, such as a knife or scissors, to remove dried and dead leaves. Remove leaves that are in the process of dying to make room for new growth. Usually, these leaves are at the base of the plant. Be sure to disinfect the tool used to prune the plant to avoid infection.

Agave Blue Glow Plant Fruit and Harvesting

The flowers of the Agave Blue Glow plant bloom in the summer. The flowers are typically green before they sprout as vibrant and warm-colored petals. These can be used in soups and salads once they are boiled or roasted. Although you can eat the leaves and the plant’s stalk, the leaves of the Agave Blue Glow can be mildly toxic to animals and children.

If eaten in moderation, the sap of the leaf can be boiled and serve as a substitute for sugar when preparing meals. It is notably sweeter than sugar, so using less goes a long way. The sap is also used to make tequila.

The stalk of the Agave Blue Glow plant produces a sweet sap that tastes like molasses, and you can cut it just before the flowers bloom so it can be roasted and eaten. Much like the leaves’ sap, it can also replace sugar in many recipes for a healthier and organic alternative.

You can keep the nectar of the flowers for at least two years if it is bottled properly, and it is often used on toast and in meals for its subtle yet sweet flavor.

Agave Blue Glow Plant Advice

One of the most important components to keeping the Agave Blue Glow plant alive is to avoid overwatering it. This can cause the leaves to turn yellow and weaken the plant’s growth by rotting the roots.

It requires dry and sandy soil, preferably with a few rocks in it, that drains well between watering, and it needs to be kept in the dry heat. The plant only needs to be watered every 1 or 2 weeks, and the soil must be at least 90% dry before watering it again.

As long as the area has good water drainage, the Agave Blue Glow Plant will remain resistant, and it is best suited for arid and hot environments.

Although fertilizer is not needed for the plant to thrive, you can use a cactus and succulent solution to promote its growth. The fertilizer should be a liquid and applied no more than once a month during its growing period.

The Agave Blue Glow plant is prone to pests like mealybugs that can attack and eat an entire plant if there is prolonged infestation. However, you can make a natural pesticide to keep the plant safe to avoid this.

FAQs

Is the Agave Blue Glow Plant poisonous?

The Agave Blue Glow Plant leaves are mildly toxic; they contain oxalate crystals that can cause irritation. Typically, this occurs on the outer layer of the skin and is known as dermatitis.

How fast does Agave Blue Glow grow?

It takes about 7 years for the Agave Blue Glow plant to fully mature, but results can be seen every spring after propagating it. Typically, the plant is slow-growing and sometimes doesn’t mature until 10 to 15 years later.

How long does the Agave Blue Glow plant live?

This plant has a lifespan between 8 and 14 years if maintained well. However, the Agave Blue Glow plant will die shortly after it flowers. This is called the death bloom, and it produces seeds during the process to grow more Agave Blue Glow plants.

Can the Agave Blue Glow plant get too much sun?

It is hard to give the Agave Blue Glow too much sun. This plant loves to be in the light, and it needs at least six hours of sunlight on most days. They can tolerate a bit of shade as well, though; if it is too sunny, a little bit of shade can avoid scorching the leaves.