Agave americana growing Succulent of the genus agave also known as Centuryplant, Maguey or American aloe, Agave americana perennial evergreen plant, the plant dies after the bloom and the young plant grow instead and also used as ornamental and medical plant also drought tolerant, can grow in desert, subtropical, mediterranean, tropic or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+.
Leaves edible the color green and the variegated verity green with yellow, the leaves are fleshy, the leaves grow in rosettes structure, the leaf spiny pointed in the spear shape, the basal rosettes also edible, to eat the basal rosettes need to wait at least 5 years.
Agave Americana bloom
Flower edible and sweet the color is yellow, the flowers grow as umbel in cluster on stalk, the stalk also edible, and also the buds.
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How to grow Agave americana growing and care:
Better frost free, but can survive frost
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Recommended planting season?
All year, (in cold climate better in the spring)
Pests and diseases:
Agave snout weevil, snails, slugs
How to prune a Agave americana:
Dead leaves, dead mother plants and stalk
Size of the plant?
0.5-2m (2-6 feet) the leaves, and the stalk 4-6m, (12-18 feet)
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower:
Yellow flowers, the flowers grow as umbels on stalk in cluster
Pollination is done by:
Moths bats, sunbird, hummingbird
Uses of Agave americana flower:
Alcohol, juice, syrup
Leaves harvesting season
How to harvest the leaves?
In the base of the leaf, the leaf need to be almost fully grown to fully grow young leaves (not mature)
Information about leaves:
leaves color can be: green, green-bluish, green with yellow in the edge or green gray, the leaves are fleshy, the leaves grow in rosettes structure, the leaf spiny pointed in the spear shape
Uses of Agave americana leaves:
Cooked, roast, baked