Mangave ‘Red Wing’ is a result of crossing Afabe Shawii ad Manfred sp. The plant is characterized by unique red-purple foliage with relatively large foliage, forming symmetrical rosettes that almost appear geometrical. It is an excellent ornamental plant.
|Scientific Name:||Mangave ’Red Wing’|
|Growth Season:||Spring to autumn|
|Preferred Temperature:||15.5oC (60oF) give or take a few degrees. Winter is hardy to between -6.6 and – 3.8oC (20-25oF) if the temperature remains in that position for a short time.|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Zone 9-11|
|Average Mature Height & Width:||About one foot high and one to two feet wide.|
|Dormancy:||Its growth slows down in winter.|
|Toxicity:||When ingested or touched, it is not toxic to humans or pets.|
Mangave ‘Red Wing’ Physical Characteristics
Its leaves are the plant’s most beautiful and prominent part. They are deep red and have spines on the margins; its color has often been described as carnation red. These spines have a lighter shade of the leaf’s color. Mangave ‘Red Wing’ grow into a solitary rosette for most of the plant’s life. It is a relatively new cultivar with no record of its flowering in cultivation.
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Mangave ‘Red Wing’ Care
As a succulent, it is a relatively easy plant to grow. However, it requires regular watering to facilitate growth, especially during the warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. Watering should be done sparingly to prevent waterlogging, which makes the plant vulnerable to root rot. Planting it in well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes reduces the possibility of overwatering since the substrate won’t retain water.
You can feed the plant once per year with a slow-release fertilizer once per year. The feeding is best done at the beginning of spring because the plant will utilize the fertilizer well throughout the growing season. Give it fertilizer rich in potassium and phosphorus with just a little nitrogen. You should keep your Mangave Red Wing under full sun or partial shade if the sun is too hot. Like other Mangave plants, placing it under low light reduces its leaves’ darkness, slows growth, and makes the plant leggy while reducing rosette density. Intense sunlight enhances the red hue of the leaves, making them more intense.
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Mangave ‘Red Wing’ Growth
Mangave ‘Red Wing’ suits all settings, including specimen planting, succulent gardens, poolside, landscaping, and containers. It is a solitary plant, so leaf cuttings and plant division are the best way to propagate it. Follow the usual propagation steps for propagation.
The Night Owl is a relatively fast-growing plant that will likely outgrow its pot once per year when it will need repotting. It rarely needs pruning, but you should remove any dead or drooping leaves at the base of the plant to keep it neat. It is susceptible to pests you should look for, including mealybugs, thrips, eriophyid mites, and scale. Control them using organic systemic or contact pesticides. However, keeping the plant healthy is the best defense against these pests.
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