|Scientific Name:||Mangave Snow Leopard|
|Growth Season:||Spring to autumn|
|Preferred Temperature:||15.5oC (60oF) give or take a few degrees. Winter is hardy to between -5oC (22oF) if the temperature remains in that position for a short time.|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Zone 9-11|
|Average Mature Height & Width:||it rises to 16-18 inches and has a spread of 22-24 inches.|
|Dormancy:||Its growth slows down in winter.|
|Toxicity:||When ingested or touched, it is not toxic to humans or pets.|
Mangave Snow Leopard Physical Characteristics
It has lance-shaped leaves inherited from one of its parents, Mangave ‘Jaguar.’ Leaves in this plant, however, have beautiful creamy-white margins. It grows relatively fast owing to its manfreda parentage. Leaves have cherry red variegation on the margins but aren’t apparent at a distance, and all you will see are the creamy white edges. Exposure to sunlight enhances the distinctness of the spots on the margins.
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Mangave Snow Leopard Care
It is not a fussy plant. You can keep it healthy by observing the following simple care practices. It requires regular watering to facilitate growth. Watering should be more frequent in the warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. This is because these are the plant’s active seasons, and the warmth will cause moisture in the substrate to evaporate faster. However, you should water the plant sparingly to prevent waterlogging, as this makes it vulnerable to root rot.
The pottage in which you grow should have high gravel content or pumice to facilitate drainage. Well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes reduce the possibility of overwatering since the substrate won’t retain water. Use the soak and dry watering method to water it.
You can feed your Mangave Snow Leopard with a dilute, slow-release, liquid fertilizer. The feeding is best done at the beginning of spring because the plant will utilize the fertilizer well throughout the growing season.
You should keep your plant under the full sun for an average of six hours daily to enhance leaf color and ensure the plant’s general health. Keeping it under low light reduces its leaves’ darkness, slows growth, and makes the plant leggy while reducing rosette density.
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Mangave Snow Leopard Growth
You can propagate it by plant division or offsets if it produces any. Many plants in this genus are monocarpic, a habit inherited from the agave side of the plant’s parentage. In some instances, they produce offsets after flowering. Check to see if your plant produces them and uses them for propagation.
It rarely needs pruning, but you should remove any dead or drooping leaves at the base of the plant to keep it neat. As a fast-growing plant, it will likely outgrow its pot a few times in its lifetime. Repot it when it doubles in size. It can be attacked by some pests such as 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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