Agava — care at home
This is the original plant came to us from the hot South America.
Agave belongs to the species of succulents, but remarkable it is not that, and the fact that it blooms only once in a lifetime.
Moreover, after flowering, dies, leaving behind a rich offspring in the form of numerous root shoots.
To see the blooming agave sometimes you have to wait 10 or 20 years, but when the plant will bloom, you can admire this rare sight.
From 3 to 10 meters can be the height of the peduncle, and it is a spike or panicle with small yellowish flowers.
On the territory of Crimea agave grown outside in the outdoors, but in temperate latitudes and in the North the best place for her to be the greenhouse or the windowsill of his apartment.
It should be noted one peculiarity of this flower, no stem. There are species of agave, which have a stem but it is too small.
But the leaves give it an unusual beauty. They are large, hard, come in both narrow and wide, at the ends of the spines. In many species at the edges of the leaves are thorns.
Leaf color is different in color from gray to bluish-green. Sometimes there is the presence on them of yellow and white veins.
The plant is propagated by seeds and cuttings, and the cuttings are separated so that they had at least one kidney.
Carefully cut off, fall asleep crushed coal and planted in a box filled with sand for rooting. If you decide to breed the agave using seeds, sow them better in February or March.
At normal temperature (25 degrees), they germinate in about a week.
After sprouts appear, they are planted in small pots, about 6-Dimitrova. Later the growth of the plant should be transplanted.
Agave likes good drainage, so you should take care of it. You can put on the bottom of the pot expanded clay or broken bricks. When transplanting be careful: it is desirable that the neck of the root was above the soil level.
Agave is a photophilous plant, therefore, could easily do without shading. In the summer it is recommended to put on the street, for example, on the Sunny side of the balcony.
In winter, the plant kept in a dry warm room at a temperature of 8-10 degrees.
Water the flower it is necessary very carefully. In the summer twice a week in winter, three to four times per month. The plant loves abundant watering, so water from the sump to pour.
In the case of waterlogging, the agave first, the upper leaves turn yellow, and then it can die. If you notice that the plant begins to fade, he cut off the top and re-root.
Water thus less. If the leaves appear dry brown spots, it means that irrigation should be increased.
In General, agave are not exposed to diseases and it is not attractive to pests.