Pachyveria

FACT SHEET – PACHYVERIA
GenusX Pachyveria
FamilyCrassulaceae
CultivarsPachyveria bea, Pachyveria myrtilla, Pachyveria scheideckeri, Pachyveria powderpuff, Pachyveria clavata
Other NamesJeweled crown, Little jewel
SunlightFull sunlight, Partial shade in higher temperatures.
Temperature7°C minimum
ClimateArid, Semi-Arid
PropagationLeaves, Stem cuttings
Height3-7 inches
WaterThirsty during summer, reduce in winter
OthersVulnerable to aphids, thrips and mealy bugs.

The rosette-shaped Pachyveria genus is a group of petite, very beautiful, hybrid succulents that grow to a height of 2 to 6 inches.

But wait, hold up, you’re probably scratching your head wondering just what is a “hybrid succulent”? 

Well, let’s expound on that a bit before we proceed any further.

What is a Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is when two plants of different species are cross-bred, producing another new species.

Concerning succulents, the Pachyveria is a hybrid cross between the Pachyphytum and Echeveria genus of succulent.

The offspring of hybridized plants are called cultivars, and cross-breeding the Pachyphytum + Echeveria genus produces at least eight cultivars, of which we shall talk about below.

Popular Pachyveria Cultivars

Pachyveria cultivars are some of the most sought-after succulent species out there, and it’s not hard to see why. 

With their petite size (2-6″), unique rosette structure, and thick bluish-green leaves with red and purple accents, these succulents are adorable. 

Now let’s have a look at seven common, most beloved Pachyveria cultivars:

WARNING: Heart-stopping, mind-numbing, levels of cute ahead. If you’re allergic to sweet, tiny, little succulents no bigger than your thumb, we suggest turning back now.

1.     Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’

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Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’ @Pinterest

One of the most appealing succulents we have ever come across, the Pachyveria’ Powder Puff’ also goes by Kobayashi or Exotica’s name. 

This ‘Powder Puff’ beauty comes highly recommended. Flaunting its marvelous silver-blue leaves with violet and purple highlights, it is a stunning specimen.

2.     Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’

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Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’ @Pinterest

This tiny succulent has thick spike-shaped leaves in a silver-blue colorway with a hint of red towards the tip of each leaf. 

3.     Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’

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Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’ @Pinterest

Another favorite among succulent enthusiasts and professional landscapers alike, the Scheideckeri – just like its peers – rocks silver bluish-greenish leaves coated in a kind of waxy, silvery powder called farina. 

4.     Pachyveria ‘Bea’

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Pachyveria ‘Bea’ @Pinterest

Similar to other Pachyveria cultivars, the Pachyveria’ Bea’ has bluish-gray leaves with a faint red/pink tint at the tips. The leaves on the ‘Bea,’ however, are long and taper towards the end, giving the leaf a sort of pointy look. 

5.     Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’

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Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’ @Pinterest

Also known as Pachyphytum’ Violescens’ in certain regions, this cultivar inherits its flat, spoon-shaped leaves from its Echeveria parent succulent. 

Nevertheless, its unique leaves are a predominantly red color with green and purple hues seeping out at random intervals. 

6.     Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ 

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Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ @Pinterest

Its flattened elongated leaves share a similar color scheme with its cultivar peers, namely silvery green/blue with pinkish-red accents. 

Nevertheless, this cultivar stands out due to its height – in summer, Pachyveria’ Clavata’ shoots out a 10-inch high stem upon which its cluster of red/pink flowers blooms.

7.     Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

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Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

Also known as the Jeweled Crown, the Pachiveria’ Clavifolia’ is an absolute cutie pie. This petite cultivar flaunts thick, fleshy, compact leaves with a silvery green color scheme. 

Each leaf has an almost imperceptible point that takes on a reddish pink hue when grown in full sunlight.   

Growing Pachyveria

Growing hybrids is the same as growing any other succulent. 

Meet their basic requirements, and you’ll soon find yourself with a bunch of healthy, pretty green little guys. 

Soil

Like its succulent siblings, Pachyveria will appreciate a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties. 

Moreover, we recommend pre-mixed porous cactus soil for the best results. Ask for cactus/succulent soil mix at your nearest gardening store. 

Suppose you prefer a more DIY, hands-on approach. In that case, you can make your soil-mix from the comfort of your home with readily available ingredients as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home: 

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

Light & Temperature

Pachyveria loves sunlight and will grow well in sunny areas such as patios, window sills, and the like.

If you place your succulents in direct sunlight during hot summer days, remember to move them into the partial shade to protect the plant system from overheating. A daily 6 hours of direct sunlight will be enough to keep your Pachyveria healthy and robust.

Higher than necessary temperatures will result in a soft and stretched succulent, which isn’t a beautiful sight. 

Don’t leave Pachyveria outside during the winter season. Instead, opt to bring it indoors and place it under grow lamps as a substitute for sunlight. 

Watering

Similar to any other succulent, a foolproof way to know if you should water your Pachyveria is by taking a pinch of soil and feeling it. If the ground feels dry for the touch, you have the green light to proceed and water your succulents.

Avoid pouring water on the plant’s leaves. Instead, try to aim directly for the ground. 

Thus, excess water on the Pachyveria’s leaves will interfere with the appearance and production of farina – the waxy silvery powder that coats the leaves of Pachyveria and its cultivars.

Furthermore, remember that over-watering your succulent is a huge no-no. Succulents are hardy plants, and you do not need to water them every day. 

Daily watering is a mistake beginners make, and it only serves to get your succulent afflicted with the dreaded root rot.

Learn more about root-rot : 

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Pots

You are free to choose any kind of planter for your Pachyveria; steel, plastic, or our favorite, terracotta. 

No matter what planter you use, one basic rule applies – ensure your pot has a drainage hole drilled into the bottom. 

The drainage hole will give the stagnant water a way to escape and run off instead of sitting in your planter and rotting your Pachyveria’s roots. 

As we mentioned earlier, succulents do not tolerate overwatering or excess water of any kind. 

Learn how to choose the best pot for your succulents:

Choosing suitable pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City  

Propagating Pachyveria

Pachyveria and its cultivars propagate via stem and leaf cuttings, though it’s the stem cuttings that tend to give faster results. 

With regard to stem cuttings, give it a few days to dry before putting the cutting in a planter full of cactus soil mix. Keep the planter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and let it sit for a couple of days. If everything goes well, the cuttings should begin sprouting roots after the 3rd day. 

If you’re unable to get stem cuttings, you can use leaf cuttings and still get the same results, albeit it will take longer. We recommend the use of leaf cuttings if you plan on growing a large number of plants. 

Simply spread a layer of moist soil on a flat surface – a tray should work. Line your leaf cuttings on the moist soil and place the tray in a dry corner away from direct sunlight. Within a week, you should notice the leaves forming roots out of the calloused ends. 

As you can no doubt tell, it’s a pretty simple, straightforward process. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Get out there, plant something, and get your hands dirty!

Check out our Succulent City Facebook page to share tips, tricks, and inspiration from fellow succulent lovers from across the globe!

Succulents for Sale

“We’re addicted to succulents, so writing this blog is so much fun for us!”

Greetings, my fellow succulent lovers! 

Are you an amateur gardener in need of succulents for sale, excited to plant your first succulent garden? 

Or are you a more experienced, long-term succulent enthusiast looking to expand your much beloved succulent collection?

No matter the case, don’t you worry. You’re on the right track! Our resident botanical expert is more than grateful to keep you up to date with all the tips-&-tricks we wish someone taught us when we started growing succulents.

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Succulents for sale @Pinterest

First of all, succulents are perfect for any occasion and any location. Millions worldwide use succulents for business as income generators, gifts, personal hobbies, interior decoration, or even succulent outdoor landscaping. We also tend to favor succulents for their low maintenance – able to thrive with minimal care required.

Well then, I did say that succulents are everywhere. You can find them in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, swap meets, yard sales, or at your local gardening store. 

However, due to the COVID pandemic and countrywide lock-down, we advise you to opt for online shopping instead of leaving your quarantine station to visit a brick & mortar store in person. 

Not only is online shopping more accessible, but it also saves you time and money. We welcome you to join us as we take a tour of our top 5 online shops from which you can buy your succulents.

Succulents for Sale – Succulent City

“We have to admit we love our Succulents.” – The opening sentence on their website’s About Us section says it all. They are succulent lovers at heart.

Our go-to store for anything succulent related, Succulent City stands out among its peers. Some of their bestsellers include:

Aloe Vera Plants – 5″ – from $12.95

Mini Leaf Jade Plant – 4″ – from $7.95

6pc Succulent Gardening Tool Set  – $6.95

(E-Book) All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor – $9.95

Concrete Skull Planter – $24.95

Founded in 2018, not only do they stock a wide array of succulent plants, but they also have dozens of succulent reviews, succulent growing guides, and a collection of informative e-books featuring some of the most requested topics. 

We love Succulent City’s niche focus on connecting with its readers through online forums, chat rooms, and social media. Examples include:

  • You can join the Succulent City Instagram page and introduce the world to photos of your lovely succulent collection.  
  • Browse and share EVEN MORE pictures on their Pinterest page.
  • Relax and interact with your fellow succulent enthusiasts at the Succulent City Plant Lounge. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you are always welcomed with open arms. 

When you shop with Succulent City, you become part of a family. You are no longer “just a customer.” You can ask questions and swap care tips with a worldwide community of succulent lovers. 

Did we mention their affordable prices? If you’re on a budget, then this one’s for you. Shop at Succulent City and take advantage of their fantastic offers!

Succulents for Sale – Succulent Box

“Not everyone can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” Succulent Box is known for its outstanding support to different foundations that benefit many people through their growing community of organically grown succulents. 

They offer 300+ varieties of succulents that you will love at affordable prices, but it’s their gift boxes that are the talk of the town.

Their Beginner Kit Gift Box ($49.85), for example, consists of  

1 Random succulent, 

2” or 4” Clay Pot, 

Watering Bottle 500 ML, 

Wooden Gardening Tools or 

Blue or Pink Tool Sets, 

Detailed Care Instruction Card, 

Bag of Soil, 

Bag of Brown Wood Pebbles or Polished White Pebbles, 

Dust Blower, 

Greeting Card,

Decorative shredded paper.

If you’re after a shop that offers a one-stop-shopping experience regarding succulents, then Succulent Box is your answer. 

Other notable offers and collections include:

  • Succulents Subscription Boxes
  • Customizable Gift Boxes & Cards
  • Succulent Packs & Kits 
  • Outdoor & Indoor Succulents
  • Pet-friendly Succulents
  • Trailing/Hanging, Miniature, Rosette-shaped, Rare & Weirdo Succulents
  • Topdressings for succulents, Airplant accessories, & Heat packs
  • Succulent-designed Jewelry
  • Blog corner with succulent-related topics

Succulents for Sale – Leaf & Clay

With over 3000 5-star customer reviews, fast service, and hundreds of healthy succulents, Leaf & Clay is next on our list. 

If you enjoy geeking out over rare succulents and cacti, succulent accessories, pots, macrame, and succulents, you need to check this one out.

Sure they have great prices, but you will also be pleased by their vast array of eye-catching succulents for sale available at your fingertips.

Moreover, if you’re interested in beautiful original handcrafted succulent pots for your home decor, you need to visit Leaf & Clay’s pot section. Some of our favorites include:

Ashbury Pot – $12.00

Caspian Pot – $18.00

Ezzie Pot – $36.00

With Leaf & Clay’s elegant and premium vibe, check out these fantastic offers:

Succulents for Sale – Lula’s Garden

“Happiness grows here.”

With exquisite and high-end collections, Lula’s Garden welcomes you to the art of gifting re-imagined. 

A succulent gifting company, they create one-of-a-kind memorable gifts with their Garden Collections – succulents and cacti hand-picked and planted in sophisticated looking designs in sophisticated looking planters.

First, you pick and customize your preferred garden size (shown above) & which succulents you want. 

They will deliver your customized “garden” to a recipient of your choice in a classy, expensive-looking, ready-to-display planter. 

Express your love with an eco-friendly succulent gift box guaranteed to make the recipient get a warm feeling from head to toe. 

With that, check out these fantastic offers and collections:

  • Easter & Corporate Gifts 
  • Garden Collections: Petite, Original, Deluxe Premium
  • Customizable Garden Gifts
  • Gift Cards

Succulents for Sale – The Succulent Source

Are your events getting a little repetitive? Succulent Source greets you with its diverse collections of succulents and cacti that are perfect for your home and event decorations. 

A self-confessed one-stop-shop, the Succulent Source is a family-run succulent nursery that has been sharing its passion for succulents by selling their gorgeous, unique, and varied plants. 

From cuttings to variety packs, come check out these fantastic offers and collections at affordable prices: 

Check out their featured articles: 

CBS8: Growing a Family and a Business during COVID-19

NBC: Rooted in Family, trying New Ways to Grow business

Finally, with all these fantastic shops, here are some TIPS FOR BUYING SUCCULENTS ONLINE. 

There are certainly pros and cons with online shopping for plants, given that you are unable to check the plants’ conditions on hand. That said, here are some tips that will help keep your online shopping experience breezy.

  • Look for high-quality reviews; You can never go wrong with the customer’s reviews and feedbacks. For a good guarantee, read through detailed reviews before checking out your orders.
  • Carefully read the products’ descriptions to avoid situations where you’re in a hurry and mistakenly order the wrong product.
  • Replant as soon as you receive it. There are many issues your plant can face while it is in transit. Sometimes, the roots are not adequately spread out in the soil, leaving your succulent vulnerable to damaged roots. Replanting it will help the plant breathe and grow more.

Before you leave, 

We all know the risk of buying something online, constantly worrying about the condition of the product as it gets shipped to us. 

But fear not, ordering plants may be a little problematic as they see it through the delivery process, but it’s all worth it when you get your hands on that little beauty and replant it. 

Succulents are hardy survival-oriented plants and are quick to recover as long as you give them the primary care required. Moreover, these succulent shops have already earned an excellent reputation among online plant shops, so breathe a little and believe!

Now that you’ve already checked the list of shops and tips we shared, have you found your new favorite succulent shop? With all these succulents and cacti varieties, go ahead and explore different options, mix & match them to suit your unique style. 

Happy Planting!

Aloe Juvenna

Aloe Juvenna – Everything You Need to Know

Aloe juvenna is also known as Tiger Tooth Aloe, and it is native to Kenya. It is a vibrant plant with spiked green leaves that turn reddish-bronze during the summer. It is because of the spiked leaves and “fear-inducing” look that makes it very eye-catching.

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Aloe Juvenna @Amazon

Unlike most Aloes with basal rosettes, alternating leaves cover the stem of the Aloe juvenna. The leaves grow as high as a foot in clusters.

Caring for Aloe Juvenna Succulents

To care for your Tiger Tooth Aloes, you need to put the following factors into consideration:

Lighting

Tiger Tooth Aloes can be grown indoors or outdoors. If you are going for the former, ensure it is a bright spot in your home. The best spot to place your Aloe juvenna indoors is close to a south or west-facing window.

If you overwater and do not provide enough sunlight, the roots of your Aloe juvenna succulents will rot, and the plant will appear shriveled.

If you do not get adequate sunlight throughout the year, you should consider getting a grow light to provide additional lighting for your succulents. Grow lights are particularly useful during the dark winters.

When it comes to growing Aloe juvenna succulents outside, ensure you provide a partial shade. If you expose your Tiger Tooth Aloes to full sun, the leaves will turn reddish-brown, which is not exactly a bad thing. You should only be worried if you notice the leaves are sunburned.

To prevent sunburns, do not move the Aloe juvenna outside hurriedly. Instead, gradually acclimate the succulent to full sunlight. But then, bear in mind that an Aloe juvenna plant that is fully acclimated can still be sunburned, especially during a period of intense heat. The good thing is that as the plant matures, it is more capable of withstanding heat.

You can also use sunshades to prevent sunburns, particularly during the summer when the temperature rises to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Frost Tolerance

Aloe juvenna succulents can withstand freezing temperatures and frostbite for a short period. If you reside in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11, you do not have to worry about taking your Aloe juvenna succulents indoors. You can even plant the succulents in the ground and it can withstand cold rain and frostbite during the winter.

Soil

Like many succulents, Aloe juvenna needs to be planted in soil with good drainage. Watering the plant properly without using the right soil will not yield the best result. If you do not use well-draining soil, the roots of your Aloe juvenna are bound to rot.

The best soil for your Tiger Tooth Aloe is a combination of cactus potting mix and perlite in a ratio of 2:1. This will provide the needed drainage to allow the soil to dry out fast.

You can also use sandy soil for your Aloe juvenna by combining cactus mix with coarse sand in a 2:1 ratio.

Watering

The climate depends on how much water your Tiger Tooth Aloes will need. Even though this succulent can withstand drought, it will grow better if you provide adequate water.

There is no strict rule for watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In the summer, you can water the plant once a week. You may increase it to twice a week during a heatwave.

During the winter months, you can depend on rainwater and cut back on your watering frequency. If your area barely experiences rainfall during the winter, you can water two or three times a month, depending on how long it takes the soil to dry out.

If you live in a humid environment, you may have to water your Aloe juvenna succulents once a month, especially if your plants are indoors and are not getting much sunlight.

To know if your plants need water, touch the top layer of the soil. If the soil feels dry, then you can resume watering. If your plants are looking dehydrated, it means you need to increase your watering routine.

Suppose you do not want to risk overwatering or under-watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In that case, you should consider getting a moisture meter or hygrometer to determine the moisture level of the soil and air.

Feeding

While it is optional to feed your Aloe juvenna succulents, you should consider it if you want them to grow healthily and bloom. The beautiful flowers of the Tiger Tooth Aloes will spring up during the flowering season if you provide the needed nutrients via fertilizers.

It is best to apply fertilizers during the summer or spring when the plant is actively growing. You can use a fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents or one blended for houseplants. You should only apply half the recommended quantity every two weeks for the Tiger Tooth Aloes to thrive.

How to Propagate Aloe Juvenna Succulents

Aloe juvenna succulents can be propagated from offsets and pups. Unlike stem and leaf cuttings propagation, you have to be patient for your Aloe juvenna succulents to produce offsets and pups before you can propagate.

To propagate from pups, find a mature pup and cut it off along with some roots. Propagating pups with roots have a higher chance of success than those without. Also, the bigger the pup, the higher its chances of survival.

You can either twist the pup off from the parent succulent or cut it off with a sterilized knife.

Keep the pup in a cool and dry place for a day or two to allow the cut to dry and seal. Do not leave the pup under direct sunlight so it does not get burnt.

If the pups do not have roots, dip them in a root hormone before you plant. The best soil to plant the pup is a potting mix with good drainage.

Watering should be frequent because pups require more water than fully grown plants. When the soil appears to be dry, use a spray bottle to water it again. Once you notice roots are developing, reduce your watering frequency or stop watering altogether.

Toxicity of Aloe Juvenna Succulents

First off, if you are looking for a non-toxic succulent, the Tiger Tooth Aloes are not for you. Aloe juvenna is harmful to dogs and cats because it contains anthraquinones and saponins.

If you have already planted this succulent indoors and suspect your pets’ poisoning, contact a veterinarian immediately. Alternatively, you can contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to give you instructions on what to do.

Baby Toes Succulent

Baby Toes Succulent – Detailed Care Guide

Baby Toes is also called Fenestraria rhopalophylla plant or Window plant. The name was conceived because the succulent leaves are shaped like a toe with tiny blisters that act as windows to allow light intake.

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Baby toes succulent @Amazon

This succulent is pretty easy to grow. It is perfect for a beginner succulent grower. We captured everything you need to know about growing and propagating the Baby Toes in this article.

Description of Baby Toes

The Baby Toe plants originate from Namibia and South Africa and belong to the Aizoaceae family, with over 1800 species of plants. Baby Toes have bladder-like pustules on their leaves to help attract sunlight and promote photosynthesis, which is needed for their growth.

The stems of the Fenestraria rhopalophylla plant grow underground while the leaves are visible and grow in clusters.

The tips of Baby Toes leaves do not have green pigment to conduct heat, especially if they are grown in deserts. Coupled with the high intake of sunlight, the plant can survive in the desert because of its roots and thick leaves, which help store water.

Healthy Baby Toes will bloom in the winter and fall producing two or more yellow flowers.

How to Care for Baby Toes

For your Baby Toe succulents to thrive, you have to take note of the following care guidelines:

Soil

The roots of a Baby Toe plant are quite short and very prone to rot, so you need to use succulent soil with good drainage.

A good potting mix for Baby Toes is the Black Gold Cactus Mix. It is packed with perlite, pumice, and sand, so it dries out quickly and does not need amendment.

Baby Toes do not grow well in potting mix that contains lots of peat moss, loam, and humus because they have a high water retention capacity.

Water

The roots of Baby Toe succulents tend to rot when you overwater them. You should not water when the soil is not dry. In the summer, when the plant is dormant, you can stop watering completely.

The great thing about Baby Toes is that they communicate well with the growers. They will let you know when you overwater by displaying cracks on the tips leaves. Also, the leaves will appear shriveled due to under-watering.

Light

Baby Toe succulents require an ample amount of sunlight daily. If you are growing them indoors, the best place is close to a south-facing window. On the other hand, if you are growing the plant outdoors, you need a warm temperature. If the temperature is too high, the plant may get sunburns. To prevent sunburns, you can provide a partial shade or shade cloth for the plant.

Fertilizers

If you want to hasten the growth process of Baby Toes, you can fertilize them. They require a minute amount of fertilizer.

Use a fertilizer specially formulated for succulents and dilute it, or add half of the quantity recommended by the manufacturer. Applying fertilizers once a month is enough for Baby Toes in their active growing season.

That said, it is not advisable to apply fertilizers during dormancy so that the plant does not grow out of proportion.

Pot

Plant your Baby Toes in a pot that is just about the same size as the plants. Since Baby Toes do not grow that big, a 4-inch pot will enough for them to breathe and grow without restraint.

To avoid overwatering and let the soil dry out quickly, use a small pot with drainage holes.

Growth Zone

Baby Toes are not cold hardy plants, so you might need to take them indoors if you live in a region where the temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

But then, if you reside in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, you can keep your Baby Toes outside.

Whether you are growing this plant indoors or outdoors, ensure it gets at least six hours of sunlight daily.

Bloom

Perhaps, one of the most exciting features of Baby Toe succulents is that they bloom and produce flowers about times a year. If you provide enough water and sunlight, your Baby Toes’ roots will be firmly established, and white flowers will spring up.

The flowers of your Baby Toes will open, close, and occasionally turn in reaction to light, and that is a sight to behold.

Trim off the bottom of any dead flower stem, and the plant will produce new flowers later on.

Propagating Baby Toe Succulents

You can propagate the Fenestraria rhopalophylla succulents by offsets or seeds. If you do not have the patience to wait for seeds to germinate, you should opt for the offset propagation technique. Also, propagating from seeds is not all that reliable, especially if your soil does not have the required nutrients.

But then, if you still want to try out the seed propagation method for Baby Toes, do it during the fall months. Carry out the seed propagation with the same soil type the parent plant was grown.

In addition, pour sand over the seed so nutrients do not escape into the atmosphere. You should consider getting a growing lamp for the seeds if you live in a cold region.

Also, cover the pot to create warmth around the seedlings and retain moisture. The Baby Toe seeds grow best at a minimum temperature of 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes propagating from offsets, pull out a baby plant from your mature Baby Toes. Do this gently so you do not damage the roots of the plant. Alternatively, you can use a sterilized knife to cut the offset.

Place the offset on a piece of paper and allow it to dry for a few days before placing it in a well-draining pot to grow.

Agave ‘Blue Glow’

FACT SHEET – AGAVE “BLUE GLOVE”

GENUSAgave
FAMILYAsparagaceae
OTHER NAMESCentury plant
SUNLIGHTFull sun Partial Sun
TEMPERATUREMinimum 20°F
CLIMATETropical Dry Arid Semi-Arid
PROPAGATIONCoring
HEIGHT1-3 feet
PARENTSAgave attenuata x Agave ocahui
OTHERSToxicDeer resistantHybridMonocarpic

The Blue Glow is an instantly noticeable hybrid succulent with its elegant, symmetrical, solitary rosette of green-blue leaves, each sporting a delicate gold and red margin.

The Agave genus of succulents is generally native to hot and arid regions of Mexico, Southern USA, and  South Americas.

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’ @Pinterest

Fun Fact: The term ‘Agave‘ comes from the Greek word ‘agauos,’ meaning admirable.

What is a Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is the process of cross-breeding two plants of different species to produce another new species.

The Agave Blue Glow is a hybrid succulent. The result of cross-breeding the Agave attenuata and the Agave ocahui.  As a cultivar, the Agave Blue Glow gets some of its most outstanding features from its parent succulents, as shown below.     

PARENT PLANTQUALITIES INHERITED
Agave attenuataBroad leaves. Beautiful color.
Agave ocahuiTerminal spine. Smaller size. Solitary rosettes.

Most popular Agave species

  • Agave victorae (Queen Victoria Agave)
  • Agave attenuate (Foxtail Agave)
  • Americana (Century Plant)
  • Agave Vilmoriniana (Octopus Agave)

Features of the Agave ‘Blue Glow’

Reaching a height of 2 feet ( 3 feet in some cases ), the Blue Glow has 18inch long, 1½ inch wide leaves sprouting out of a stout, terminal spine.

A slow-growing kinda gal, the Agave Blue Glow is a monocarpic succulent.

Its flower, a beautiful yellow, will bloom only once – when the succulent reaches full maturity after 7 to 15 years. In wistful, poetic prose, the Agave Blue Glow will die soon after flowering, many times without forming even a single offset.  

People usually confuse the Agave ‘Blue Glow’ with the Agave ‘Blue Flame’ due to their similarities from an aesthetic perspective.

However, look carefully, and you will realize the ‘Blue Glow’ is smaller than its peer, the ‘Blue Flame.’

It is easy to identify the Blue Glow from its other cultivar siblings.

The leaves on the Blue Glow have a golden yellow edge with a red margin running the entire length of the plant culminating in a single spine/thorn at the tip of each leaf.

The leaf’s golden yellow edge comes alive at night, especially when illuminated from the back appearing to give off a unique kind of glow.

The dramatic color of its foliage and overall appearance – each leaf looks like a silvery-blue sword slicing up out of the ground – makes the Agave Blue Glow a perfect statement succulent for bordering and succulent landscaping.

Growing Agave ‘Blue Glow’

Soil

The Blue Glow will appreciate slightly acidic soil with extensive drainage properties. Plant this bad-boy in a fresh batch of quick drain cactus soil mix and watch it thrive.

Like all other succulents, the Blue Glow needs a growing medium with adequate aeration and drainage capabilities. A pre-mixed bag of cactus soil fits the bill – cactus soil is porous with excellent drainage, making it perfect for our needs.

Ask the supervisor at your local gardening store for their best batch of succulent or cactus soil mix.

If you can’t get to a physical brick-and-mortar store, you can shop online from sites like Amazon or opt to make your soil-mix from home.

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home:

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home.

Watering

While most succulents can survive a couple of weeks without water, the Agave Blue Glow is undoubtedly the king of the roost when it comes to surviving without water. A mature Blue Glow succulent is highly drought resistant.

This bad boy will proliferate without much ado in some of the harshest environments. Follow the watering schedule illustrated below, and your Agave Blue Glow should turn out just OK.

SUMMERWater your succulent thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch.
SPRING
FALL
WINTERWater sparingly – once a month.

Excess watering during the summer-fall cycle will put your succulent at risk of developing the dreaded root-rot disease.

Learn more about root-rot :

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Over-watering is a common mistake made by eager-beaver beginners who didn’t bother to read the manual first. Had they spared a few minutes to read the manual, they would know that succulents do not appreciate excess or stagnant water.

Do not drown the plant in buckets full of water.

Too much water will cause the roots and stem to start rotting. A case of root-rot is a succulent enthusiast’s worst nightmare.

Instead, give the soil a proper moistening, enough to run through the earth, but not to stagnate in the planting pot.

More on watering your succulents:

Complete Guide to Watering Succulents

Planters

This section offers you a significant amount of freedom. You can grow your Agave Blue Glow in any planting pot that blends in with your space and fits your style.

Choose from a wide array of steel, plastic, ceramic, and, of course, our favorite terracotta planters.

No matter what material you decide to get for your planter, there is one universal rule that applies: always ensure your planter has a drainage hole(s) at the bottom.

As we mentioned above, succulents do not appreciate too much water or stagnant water and will often form an adverse reaction if in such conditions.

By drilling a drainage hole(s) through the bottom of your planter, you give any excess water an outlet to escape and run off instead of sitting in the planting pot and rotting your succulent.

How to select the best planter for your succulents:

Best planting pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City

Light

Succulents love light, and this one is no exception.

Grow the Agave ‘Blue Glow’ in well-drained soil outdoors, in the full sun, to get the most out of your succulent.

When temperatures get too hot, the Blue Glow will appreciate a partial shade to prevent overheating the leaves and the plant system as a whole.

If your succulent is growing outdoors during hot summer days, you can choose to stretch a net above it to deflect and filter the direct hot sun’s rays and give your succulent a hint of shade.

If you grow your Blue Glow in a planters pot, then you can place it out on the patio during summer and move it to the shade or bring it indoors after 6 hours of direct sunlight.

Temperature

The recommended temperature range for the Agave Blue Glow’s optimum growth is anywhere between 20°C (68°F) and 35°C(95°F).

This succulent is winter hardy and can survive punishing outdoor temperature drops of up to -3°C (25° F).

Any lower may be life-threatening, and you should bring your succulent indoors.

Keep the Blue Glow in a frost-free area during the winter chill.

Fertilizer

The Agave Blue Glow is a hardy plant capable of growing in some of the harshest environments available.

Its hardiness means it doesn’t need any fertilizer, but nothing stops you from adding some compost if you wish to give your succulents more nutrients.

We recommend using homemade compost – fish emulsion, earthworm humus, and the like.

Fish emulsion compost is organic compost made from fish with a nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium ratio of 4:1:1.

If you can stand the distinct fishy smell, your succulents will love this fertilizer.

Apply it once per month during the Blue Glow’s growing years

Propagation

The Blue Glow grows exceptionally slowly, and even if it flowers, it is monocarpic and dies soon after without producing seeds nor offsets.

These factors make the Agave Blue Glow almost impossible to propagate via the traditional methods we use on other succulents. Propagation via cuttings, seeds, and offsets – these methods will not work on the Agave Blue Glow.

You can propagate your Blue Glow Agave via a method known as coring.

What is coring?

Coring is a process that makes the plant create pups for its survival.

Warning: This can get messy.

Grab a sterile sharp knife and slice off the top part of your Agave rosette, exposing the stout stem at the center.

Now use a 1/4” drill bit to drill straight down the core of the Agave stem.

This method forces the succulent to pup.

Flowering

The Agave Blue Glow is a monocarpic succulent.

It blooms only once in its entire lifetime, and it dies soon after.

If you plant your Blue Glow outdoors, you can expect it to mature anywhere between 7 to 15 years. If grown indoors, your Agave Blue Glow may never flower at all. Not even once.

It is a slow-growing succulent – there’s no way around it – and planting it in a pot will only make it grow even slower.

Upon reaching maturity, the Agave Blue Glow will shoot out a straight, thick, 10-foot tall flower stalk from the center of its basal rosette.  At the tip of its flower stalk, a 2″ to 3″ inch long yellow flower peeks out in beautiful, striking panicles.

Pruning

To keep your Agave looking prim and proper, we recommend removing any dead or dry leaves.

You can achieve this with the help of a sharp knife or pruning shears.

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