Agave Agistment and Adjustment

Some houseplants proved worthy of windowsill space and have been brought inside for the Autumn/Winter.  Some were thrown to the compost heap.  There is just a little space left for a new houseplant or two.  Agaves piqued my interest at a recent flower show so I took the plunge and ordered one from Logees

Agave schidigera ‘Black Widow’

Arriving a week ago, the directions suggested repotting the plant from its 4″ plastic container to a slightly larger clay pot, after a few days of acclimation in the home.

Added an inch of soil on the bottom, wrapped the sharp edges of the plant to gently slide it out of the old container and into the new.  Added soil along the sides, gently tapped the pot to settle, and then placed in the sink to water well, allowing excess water to run through the bottom.


Now the agave has a home in the sunniest Southern window of the house.  Agaves are native to the desert and mountain regions of the Americas.  Dear son now lives in a high desert area and agaves are familiar there.   Reproducing that climate here in New England means I will water sparingly and give as much sun as possible.  If I had a cool greenhouse, this agave, a perennial succulent, would probably be happiest there for the Winter.  But let’s see what adjustments can be made to get this interesting plant through the cold months and back outside for a HOT summer!

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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2 Responses to Agave Agistment and Adjustment

  1. Tricia says:

    I really like the agaves. So it will be a container plant? On the deck? Gotta think the deer/woodchuck/muskrat critter you’ve got wouldn’t touch it!


  2. I am useless with houseplants – even those you are supposed to be able to neglect, die on me. Good luck with yours.


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