Information About Agave

Agave Houseplant Care – Growing Agave As A Houseplant

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Maybe it’s too much of a hassle to bring agave in and out with the seasons. You might wonder if you can grow agave as a houseplant. The answer is yes, you can, although some types may grow better than others if kept exclusively indoors. Learn more here.

Different Agave Plants – Commonly Grown Agaves In Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

One of agave's most common uses in the landscape is for privacy or as mass plantings of thorny unpleasant defense plants. However, grown as specimen plant, different agave plants can add height, shape or texture to the landscape. Learn About varieties of agave here.

Potted Agave Care: Tips On Growing Agave Plants In Pots

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Can agave grow in pots? You bet! With so many varieties of agave available, container grown agave plants are an excellent choice for the gardener with limited space, less than perfect soil conditions, and a lack of abundant sunlight. Click here to learn more.

Caulotops Barberi Pests: Learn About Agave Plant Bug Control

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

While generally a low maintenance, easy-to-grow plant, agave can be susceptible to pest problems. If you have noticed bugs eating agave plants in your landscape, click here to learn more about controlling agave plant bugs in the garden.

What Is Agave Crown Rot: How To Save Plants With Crown Rot

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Mid to late summer crown rot of agave plants can be common in cooler climates and potted plants. Learn what you can do for agave plants with crown rot in the article that follows. Click here for additional information.

Managing Root Rot In Agave – How To Treat Agave Root Rot

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Root rot is a common disease in plants that is usually caused by poor drainage or improper watering. While more common in potted plants, root rot can also affect outdoor plants. Learn more about managing root rot in agave with the following information.

Agave Fungal Diseases – Tips On Treating Anthracnose On Agave Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Anthracnose of agaves is bad news to be sure. The good news, however, is that although the fungus is unsightly, anthracnose isn't an automatic death sentence. The key is to improve growing conditions, and to treat the plant as soon as possible. This article will help.

Planting Agave: How To Grow Agave

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Agave is a long leaved succulent plant that naturally forms a rosette shape and produces a flower spire of attractive cup shaped blooms. This article will provide tips on growing agave plants.

How to Care for a Blue Agave Plant

You may not realize it when you’re knocking back a margarita at the bar, but the tequila in that cocktail probably started partly as a humble plant. A hardy succulent called the blue agave helped to provide the nectar that gives tequila its natural sweetness. But along with being a crucial component of making liquors, the blue agave is a great houseplant. Thanks to its hardiness and lovely appearance, it's a great succulent for everyone from beginning gardeners to green thumbs.

Agave, Blue Agave, Tequila Agave, Century Plant, Maguey 'Weber's Blue'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: tequilana (te-kee-lee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Weber's Blue
Synonym:Agave palmaris
Synonym:Agave pedrosana
Synonym:Agave subtilis
Synonym:Agave Maguey


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:


Plant has spines or sharp edges use extreme caution when handling

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Apr 6, 2010, iam_utopia from Yarmouth, NS (Zone 7a) wrote:

Unbelievable, but this plant survived here this year. Our coldest night was -14C, so this year that makes us zone 7b. Visible new shoots.

Update: They died. Sorry 7b never saw any regrowth of those new shoots the plants put out. Cleaning up rotten blue agave makes your hands stink like tequila!

On Jan 23, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Beautiful shade of blue Agave. I would not consider it a z9b plant,but z10 and up. Here in winter just temps near freezing made some of the the leafs roll on my young plant. No dieback,but if a z9b winter and 25f ever came along I doubt any but the largest oldest clump would survive.
A slow steady grower here in the bay area. Hard to find. Another cultivar has curved leaves-that might be a nice addition to the succulent garden -or make a nicer looking potted plant,although I found this Webers to not like being potted- even in large pots they stunt. I have had it in the ground now since 2014,and its thrived. Taken more cold in ground then it took when in a pot.

On Dec 26, 2006, Rainbowman18 from Weston, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

About three years ago I planted about 5 medium-sized specimens around an inner portion of my driveway. In that period of time they have sprouted numerous. about 60-70. rhizome runners and pup plants immediately adjacent to the mother plant.

They are growing like weeds in the summer full-sun areas that I chose for them. They are drought tolerant, and can flourish nicely in the rainy season also. They do have dangerous spines on the tips and pruning them can be a chore. I let the gardening staff attempt it.

I also look forward to the day when the bloom spike comes to produce fleshy and tender pups for replanting. I also just had planted blue daze around them for a good ground cover and to complement their shape and color in the garden.

On Jun 21, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great looking and very easy to grow plant in zones 9b on up. For an Agave, it is a pretty fast plant, and suckers both right off the main plant, and up to 6' away from the mother plant. The marginal teeth are quite sharp and easily break off in your skin when you brush against them. The terminal leaf spines are also very sharp and dangerous. This is about the bluest agave there is, so if you like that color in your landscape, this is a good plant to get. Just be sure you have the room for it, as it gets about 5' across and suckers some distance.

Had a rare freeze here in Los Angeles area this jan 07, and discovered, to my dismay, this is one of the least hardy agaves in my yard, showing pretty severe leaf damage after 5 hours at 27F. only 4 or 5 other agaves. read more even showed any damage at this temperature of the nearly 40 species I have (though a few were far wimpier even than this one)

On Dec 1, 2004, metalshredder from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

The plant blooms once in its lifetime, after roughly 50 years. After it blooms the Agave promptly dies.

On Mar 31, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the preferred cultivar for making tequila. It is a native of Mexico, and has been cultivated since pre-conquest times, to the point where it is no longer considered a wild plant at all, but instead a domesticated species.

Products derived from this plant include aguamiel, pulque, and tequila.

7. Know your colors.

Above: Part of the appeal is the variety of colors and shapes. But succulent plants in the purple and orange color family are really better suited for outdoor spaces. Above: Instead of focusing on having a variety of color, look for green succulents in a variety of shapes.

Watch the video: The Agave Harvest

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