Welcome to our guide to the Agave Desmettiana, covering all you need to know about care and propagation…
Agave Desmettiana Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight, some direct.|
|Watering needs:||Water only when dry, check each week,|
|Fertilizer:||Feed monthly in the summer with balanced plant fertilizer.|
|Soil:||A well draining and coarse soil, designed for succulents.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Spineless jade agave.|
|Common issues:||Over watering and leaf spot fungus.|
The Agave Desmettiana is a popular large agave that can grow to a meter (3 feet) tall.
Give them the brightest indirect sunlight and some direct too. They love sunlight.
How Often To Water Agave Desmettiana
Water only when dry. You can check them each week, but only water if the soil is completely dry.
They don’t need much fertilizer, but you can feed them monthly in the summer with balanced plant feed.
Use a really well draining and coarse soil, designed for succulents. For more on what to buy or making your own see our guide here: Succulent Soil.
When to Repot Agave Desmettiana
They will not need repotting every year, and can stay in the same pot for quite a few years. But if you see roots growing form the bottom, move them to a bigger pot.
40%, they do not need any special humidity requirements, except don’t give them too much humidity.
Aim for 18-25°C (64-77°F) during the day, and a minimum of freezing at night. The bigger they are the more cold they can withstand.
How to Propagate Agave Desmettiana
Propagate agaves by division when they put out smaller ‘pups’ at the base. You can cut these out, make the cut as low as you can, then let them callus over for a few days. Then pot them up separately.
Is Agave Desmettiana Toxic?
They are mildly toxic to cats and dogs, seek vets advice if eaten.
Spineless jade agave.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
The biggest killer is over watering. They can get spots and fungal ‘leaf spot’ diseases so keep and eye on the leaves,. If you see any you may need to cut the affected leaf off, and treat the plant with a fungicide.
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