Agave seemanniana Jacobi
Agave caroli-schmidtii, Agave guatemalensis, Agave pygmaea, Agave scolymus var. seemanniana, Agave seemanniana subsp. pygmaea, Agave seemanniana var. perscabra, Agave seemanniana var. pygmaea, Agave tortispina
Agave seemanniana is a succulent plant that forms a solitary rosette of light glaucous to yellowish-green leaves with irregularly toothed margins and a dark brown to grayish terminal spine. It is variable in the form and size of the leaves, margins, and teeth. The leaves are thick, fleshy, ovate to broadly lanceolate or spatulate, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide. Flowers are yellow, funnel-shaped, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long, and arranged in dense clusters on branches at the upper half of the up to 13.1 feet (4 m) tall inflorescence. After flowering, the rosette will die. Fruits are loculicidal capsules with black seeds.
How to Grow and Care for Agave seemanniana
Light: Like all Agaves, this plant requires full sun to partial shade. If growing A. seemanniana indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun as possible. From spring to fall, it loves going outside.
Soil: A. seemanniana will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but its preference is sandy or rocky soil.
Temperature: During the growing season, it likes warm temperatures, while in winter, when resting, this succulent enjoys cooler temperatures. A. seemanniana can withstand temperatures as low as 25 °F (-3.9 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9b to 11b, 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C).
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. seemanniana a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years. After that, established plants seem to take care of themselves.
Repotting: If you notice your A. seemanniana 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 is a plant with a solitary growth habit, A. seemanniana can be propagated only from seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
Toxicity of Agave seemanniana
A. seemanniana is not toxic to humans, but it may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.
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