How to grow Agave filifera

Agave filifera growing Succulent leaf plant of the genus Agave also known as Thread leaf agave, Agave filifera perennial evergreen plant, the plant dies after the bloom and the young plant grow instead and used as ornamental plant and its drought tolerant, can grow in desert, subtropical, mediterranean, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+.

Leaves color green-bluish with hair on the edges and can be variegata green with yellow, the leaves are fleshy and grow in rosettes structure, the leaf spiny pointed in the spear shape.

Agave filifera flower

Flower color is pink and yellow, the flowers grow as on stalk.

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Requirements for Agave filifera growing and care:

Frost free, well-drained soil, better sandy soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – better sowing in spring to summer (possible in autumn and winter in hot climate), sow in sunny location or with light, well ventilate and good drainage soil, put water to keep the soil moist but lightly moist and don’t let it fully dry / Vegetative reproduction – cutting leaf, cut the leaves or cut in the base of the leaf with hand not anything sharp and wait at least 24 hours or if not cut in the base or it is stem need wait few days until the tissue will hill after this, put it in well-drained soil, and water it every few days to two weeks let in dry but not fully dry, after few weeks to month it start to grow root, cutting better to start in the late spring to early summer but always can do it indoor

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No but in order to get the variegata cultivar should start by daughter plant or cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sharp leaves

Recommended planting season?
All year, (in cold climate better in the spring)

Pests and diseases:
Agave snout weevil, snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves, dead mother plants and stalk

Size of the plant?
0.3-0.9m, 1-3 feet leaves, and the stalk 1.5-2m (5-6 feet)

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, let it dry between watering and better not to over water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when growing in containers need to choose container that 15% to 30 % bigger than the roots ball, if it’s fully grown also need to be bigger in order to have place for the daughter plants, also the drainage of the soil it’s important, but after few years drainage of the soil not function the same so need to change to new soil

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Autumn / winter (possible in the spring, in cold winter behave different than in hot climates

General information about the flower
Yellow pink flowers, the flowers grow on stalk

Pollination is done by:
Moths bats, sunbird, hummingbird

Scientific name:

Agave filifera

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