Agave potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin'
Blue Rose, Blue Rose Agave, Miniature Agave, Silver Star, Silver Star Agave
Agave potatorum f. minima, Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii 'Shoji-Raijin'
Agave potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' is a dwarf succulent that forms beautiful, compact rosettes of fleshy, dusty-blue leaves. The mature plants produce offsets to form a small clump. However, they will be perfectly happy to remain in a 4-inch (10 cm) pot indefinitely. The leaves have few short marginal spines and a slightly twisted, reddish terminal spine.
How to Grow and Care for Agave potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin'
Light: Like all Agaves, this plant requires full sun to partial shade. If you are growing A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun as possible. From spring to fall, it loves going outside.
Soil: A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but its preference is sandy or rocky soil.
Hardiness: During the growing season, it likes warm temperatures, while in winter, when resting, this succulent enjoys cooler temperatures. A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: From spring to fall, water thoroughly when the soil becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.
Fertilizing: Give your A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years. Established plants seem to take care of themselves.
Repotting: If you notice your A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' becoming pot-bound, repot it with fresh soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one. Give the plant a week or so to readjust before you water it again.
Propagation: Since it can take years to produce seeds, A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' is usually propagated by offsets. The best time to remove the offsets is in spring and summer. Sow the seeds in spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Toxicity of Agave potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin'
A. potatorum 'Shoji-Raijin' is not toxic to humans, but it may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.
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