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2 Gallon Blue Flame Agave

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Size & Growth

Blue Glow is a beautiful smaller Agave attaining a height of 18″ – 24″ inches and a spread of 2′ – 3′ feet.

The blue-green leaves grow in a solitary rosette formation with a clumping growth habit.

The leaves are about 18″ inches long and about 1½” inch wide with a red terminal spine.

The blue-green leaves are sturdy, thick, and rigid and adorned with bright red toothed margins and a thin, yellow inner line.

Although the edges of the Agave Blue Glow leaves are not sharp, the tips of the bright red terminal spine are quite sharp.

Flowering & Fragrance

Like the popular Agave americana this monocarpic Agave has a bloom time once in its life, and then it dies.

The flower color is yellow and the leaf tips have red margins bearing tiny soft spines and a short red terminal spine.

The short red spine gives each leaf a unique symmetrical rosette outlined appearance.

When grown outdoors, plants typically mature between the ages of ten and fifteen.

If kept indoors, your plant may never flower at all.

At maturity, Blue Glow plants grows a sturdy, straight, 10′ foot high flower stalk.

The flower stalk emerges from the center of the basal rosette.

At its apex, greenish-yellow blooms about 2″ – 3″ inches long appear in attractive, showy panicles.

When the plant has finished blooming, it dies.


Light & Temperature

This compact succulent can grow successfully in partial sun to full sun. Near coastal areas full sun is recommended and inland plant in partial shade.

The hybrid is winter hardy in hardiness zones 9 through 11 (USDA zones).

The plant can tolerate a little frost but should be protected against temperatures lower than 25° degrees Fahrenheit (-4° C).

Agave Blue Glow Water Needs & Feeding

Although ‘Blue Glow’ is drought tolerant, with low water needs it grows best with regular watering throughout the growing season, spring and summer.

Reduce watering significantly (or do not water at all) during the winter.

Water regularly in extreme heat.

In areas where this compact Agave is not winter hardy, it’s a good choice as a container plant to be brought indoors for the winter.

Keep your potted Agave in a bright, sunny window and water only minimally.

Do not fertilize as this may stimulate the plant to bloom; whereupon, it will die.


Soil & Transplanting

This succulent can tolerate drought and does passably well in slightly acidic dry soil.

It’s a good choice for areas with shallow, rocky soil.

The best substrate for this Agave is a gritty and sandy, sharp well-draining soil.

When kept as a potted plant, the Agave Blue Glow Plant appreciates being slightly crowded.

Choose a container a little bit larger than the foliage.

Grooming & Maintenance


Agave requires little or no grooming and maintenance.

If lower leaves wither, trim them off.

You may wish to carefully wipe down the foliage with a clean, damp cloth occasionally to remove dust.

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IMPORTANCE OF NATIVE PLANTS

California’s varied climate can support a wide variety of plants from around the world. However, our state’s unique and beautiful native plants are often overlooked in garden design. Instead, water-intensive exotic plants that do not support the local ecology often taken the place of California native plants in people’s gardens.

You can enjoy many benefits while bringing in the beauty of California into your own garden by using water-wise native plants. Some of these benefits include:

Water Savings: A sustainably designed, drought-tolerant native garden can use 85 percent less water per year than a traditional landscape with turf and high-water use plants. Also, once native plants are planted, a well-designed drip irrigation system is more efficient than traditional sprayhead irrigation and saves watering costs. Once established, many California native plants need little additional watering beyond normal rainfall.

Maintenance Reduction: A water-wise California native garden can reduce maintenance dramatically once it is established. Eliminating the need for mowing and fertilizing lawns, applying pesticides and fertilizers, and frequently watering thirsty plants leaves you more time to enjoy your garden and other activities.

Wildlife and Biodiversity Increases: Adding native plants helps create functioning ecosystems in the garden by attracting the native insects and wildlife that depend upon these plants. Native plants and animals have developed relationships with each other, and research has shown that native wildlife prefers native plants over non-native plants. Native pollinators can improve fruit and vegetable production in your home garden, and beneficial native insects, reptiles, birds, and small mammals can manage pests such as mosquitos, ticks, and aphids.

Landfill Waste Reduction: The reduction in landscape maintenance, such as mowing a lawn, means that less green waste will be produced per year. Because many cities and homes are not set up for composting, most green waste is not composted. Gardening with native plants means less waste going into landfills.

Pesticide Use Reduction: Native plants have not only developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases, they can also attract beneficial insects and animals that attack pests. Reducing or eliminating pesticides keeps toxins out of our waterways and soil, improves environmental and human health, and allows natural and beneficial pest controllers to thrive.

Connection to a California Sense of Place is Enhanced: A garden planted with species unique to California creates a strong sense of place and helps connect you more deeply to the natural world. Including native plants in your garden connects you to the unique biological web created by the environmental history and culture of the land your home sits on. These small patches of habitat become part of a larger collective that nurtures and sustains a living landscape that not only enhances a sense of sanctuary for you, but for the plants, insects, birds, and other animals that have always lived there.

 

By gardening with native plants, you can enjoy many benefits – including water savings – while giving your home garden an appealing look that reflects California’s unique natural landscapes.

ABOUT GROWING WORKS NURSERY

Growing Works is an innovative,  California native and drought tolerant plant nursery established to provide job training, employment, and horticultural therapy to people with mental health challenges.

The nursery helps fulfill an ever-present local need for high quality, drought-tolerant California native and Mediterranean plants and succulents.  Growing Works is based on a thriving and sustainable business model where plant sales, job training services, and donations from supporters contribute to its success.

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