More Information About Agave
Agaves are exotic, deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants with an amazing garden structure. The agave plant, native to the Southwest and Mexico, fascinates us with its architectural but anti-social traits. You might not expect it by looking at them, but the century plant is a first cousin to hosta.
Agaves are called century plants since some species take 100 years to flower in the wild. However, in cultivation with adequate summer moisture, most agaves flower between 10 and 15 years of age and when they do flower, the tall bloom stalks attract hummingbirds. Only a limited number of agaves, including Agave parryi and Agave americana, thrive outdoors here in our hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters but we have found amazing selections of them including blue agaves and variegated agaves.
In the summer months, agaves respond amazingly to water and organic fertilizer but in the winter, good drainage on a sloped site is essential for agave survival. In cold zones, we recommend establishing agave plants early in the growing season (by midsummer at the latest) for best results. When grown in pots, agaves will grow to the size of the container, but remember that containerized century plants must be brought indoors when temperatures drop below freezing. They are also salt tolerant plants.
We are pleased to offer an increasing number of rare, variegated agaves for sale that until recently have been confined to the high-dollar collectors' market. Select carefully when planting your new agave, because some can get quite large...i.e. Agave salmiana and Agave protoamericana, which can grow to be 4 to 8 feet wide. When you are ready to buy agaves for your garden or containers, we hope you will check out our list of succulent agaves for sale.