Agave Tequilana (The Agave Azul)

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This plant has smooth sword-like leaves with hooked spines on the margins. It is a native of the Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Colima in Mexico. These plant’s leaves are quite rigid, so the plant retains its shape throughout. It is used in Mexico as the base ingredient for tequila.

Family:Agavaceae/Asparagaceae
Genus:Agave
Scientific Name:Agave Tequilana
Other Names:   Agave Azul, Blue Agave, Tequila Weed, Webers Blue Agave, Agave Palmaris, Agave Pesmulae, Agave Pedrosana
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9b – 10
Dormancy:Its growth slows down in winter.
Toxicity:It is mildly toxic, containing oxalate crystals on the leaves. These can irritate when touched.
Agave Tequilana Summary

Agave Tequilana Physical Characteristics

Its leaves, which are its most outstanding feature, are narrow. They grow to an average of 3 – 4 feet. The hue of the foliage is blue–gray. These leaves proceed from a central rosette at an almost good trajectory. The leaves have a whitish powder on their upper surface to protect the plant from intense sun rays that can scorch the leaves.

Each flower is quite small, 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) long. Agave Tequilana shows yellowish or greenish-yellow flowers. However, it doesn’t flower every year. It takes several years to bloom. When it flourishes, this plant produces a tall and thick stalk. This stalk can get about 20 feet or more. Here’s a fact: once the Agave Tequilana flowers, it dies! After flowering, this plant will produce seeds to make a new Agave Tequilana.

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The roots of Agave Tequilana are thick, dense and grow from the base of the plant. These roots absorb water from the soil, which can help it survive in dry areas. Morevoer, some of the roots stay close to the surface to quickly catch water, while others thrive deeper into the ground to access moisture during drier times.

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Agave Tequilana Care

Watering: You should check the soil before act. Put your finger into the soil about 1-2 inches to check if the soil is dry or not. It requires regular watering once every 2-3 weeks to facilitate growth, especially during the warmer seasons in spring and summer. You should water it until the water reaches the roots. In cooler months, you can reduce watering to once a month or even less.

Soil: Well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes reduce the possibility of overwatering since the substrate won’t retain water.

Fertilizers: You can feed the plant with balanced, water-soluble fertilizer at half strength. The feeding is best done once in spring and once in mid-summer.

Light: Agave Tequilana loves sunlight. Plant it in a location where it will receive full sun for at least 6 hours a day. If you’re growing it indoors, place it near a south-facing window or another bright location. However, if the light is too intense, move it to partial shade to avoid leaf burn.

Temperatures: 16-20oC (60.8 – 68oF), give or take a few degrees, is the best temperature for photosynthesis. However, winter is hardy to between -6.6 and – 3.8oC (20-25oF). It goes dormant at 10oC (50oF).

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Agave Tequilana Growth

Propagation: This plant is suitable for hanging baskets, including specimen planting, succulent gardens, poolside, landscaping, and face containers. You can propagate it by plant division or offsets if it produces any.  

Pruning: It rarely needs pruning, but you should remove any dead or drooping leaves at the base of the plant to keep it neat. The plant will likely outgrow its pot occasionally, which will need repotting. This is usually when it doubles in size.

Pests: It is susceptible to pests you should look for, including mealybugs, thrips, eriophyid mites, and scale. Control them using organic systemic or contact pesticides.

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