Agave Desmettiana
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Succulents and Cacti

Agave Desmettiana

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. 
Humidity:40%
Temperature:18-25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Spineless jade agave.
Common issues:Over watering and leaf spot fungus.

Introduction

The Agave Desmettiana is a popular large agave that can grow to a meter (3 feet) tall.

See also: Trachyandra Tortilis, Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tigers Jaw Succulent, Sansevieria Fernwood.

Light Needs

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.

Fertilizer

They don’t need much fertilizer, but you can feed them monthly in the summer with balanced plant feed.

Soil

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.

Humidity

40%, they do not need any special humidity requirements, except don’t give them too much humidity.

Temperature

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.

Other Names

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.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Trachyandra Tortilis, Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tigers Jaw Succulent, Sansevieria Fernwood.

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