Agave marmorata – Agave marmorata – Fatty plants – Agave marmorata – Succulent

see also: Agave – Agave

succulent plant native to Mexico; it produces an ample rosette of succulent leaves, tall up to 60-80 cm and even 100-150 cm broad; the leaves are elongated, rigid and fleshy, very thick, of bluish green colour, covered by a pruinose patina; the margin is covered by short black thorns, very sharp. The leaves are erect as soon as they emerge, they bend upwards as they age, sometimes becoming arched.

From the center of the rosette is produced a tall stem that carries a showy panicle of bell-shaped flowers, white, very fragrant. It is used as an ornamental plant, even in pots, but more often in rocky or Mediterranean gardens.

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Exposure

needs to be placed in a a well-sunny place; during the warm season it can bear short periods in mid-shade; it is not afraid of frost and can bear short periods of light frost, provided the soil and climate are not too humid.

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Watering

from October to March avoid watering, and place the plant in a place where it does not receive excessive rainfall; during the vegetative period, water sporadically, only in case of prolonged drought. The specimens grown in containers are watered from March to September, only when the soil has been dry for a few days.

Land

like most cacti and succulents, also this agave prefers dry and very well drained soils, not too rich in nitrogen; in spring, supply a small quantity of slow release granular fertilizer, poor in nitrogen and rich in potassium.

Multiplication

this species of agave produces single rosettes, it hardly branches out into lateral rosettes, and it is therefore difficult to propagate the plant by removing the lateral rosettes; at times, some small new plants can be produced from the roots, which can be removed and rooted individually in a container, before being planted. More often, it propagates by seed, utilizing, in spring, the fresh seeds.

Marbled Agave: Pests and Diseases

fears the attack of the cochineal on the foliage; the flowers are often attacked by the aphids, and also the new foliage.

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