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Care of the plant Agave lechuguilla or Lechuguilla.

Care of the plant Agave lechuguilla or Lechuguilla

The Agave genus, a subfamily of the Agavoideae, comprises some 300 species of succulent plants native to Mexico, Central America and the Southwest of the USA. Some species are: Agave lechuguilla, Agave univittataAgave stricta, Agave sisalana, Agave shawii, Agave potatorum, Agave parryi, Agave parrasana, Agave macroacantha, Agave filifera, Agave bracteosa, Agave attenuata, Agave americana, Agave victoria-reginae, Agave angustifolia, Agave vilmoriniana.

Common name: Lechuguilla. This species is native to central and northern Mexico and New Mexico (USA).

They are succulent plants that form an open basal rosette that can reach 90 cm in height. The long linear leaves are grayish-green in color with hard spines on the margin and a strong thorn at the tip. They produce yellow or reddish flowers. They bloom from late spring to early summer.

They are used to form groups, on dry slopes, in rockeries and in pots when they are young.

The Agave lechuguilla grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures and in hot, dry climates. It is better not to expose them to frost.

The soil can be a mixture of 50% normal garden soil, 30% coarse sand and 20% leaf mulch or a commercial substrate for cacti and succulents with 15% coarse sand or gravel. The pot transplant is done in spring.

Water moderately in spring and summer, waiting for the substrate to be completely dry. In autumn water every 20 days and in winter water once a month at most.

Fertilize in early spring with mineral fertilizer for cacti and succulents.

They do not need pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by separation of suckers in spring; Let them dry for 2 days before rooting in a sandy substrate.

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Agave lechuguilla
Agave lechuguilla
 

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