Sept 13th, 2022
Agave x leopoldii
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Agave x leopoldii, a hybrid species belongs to the Asparagaceae family. This tough as nails succulent is a cross between Agave filifera and Agave schidigera conducted by W.B. Kellock in the 1870’s. This variety has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit as an ornamental plant. In warmer climates, you will see this striking plant in landscape. However, here in Minnesota we get to enjoy it as an indoor plant. This particular Agave is known for its narrow, spine-like leaves and showy white margins which peel away giving the entire plant a kind of hairy look. Give this one a second glance if you are looking for something small that requires minimal attention.
Let’s talk about care. Place in a hot sunny spot indoors as this succulent is accustomed to lots of sunshine. If you enjoy it outdoors, for the summer take a few days to let you plant adapt to these high light conditions. During the summer months water when the soil is almost completely dry. Cut back on water in the winter, allowing this plant to dry completely before giving it a good soak. Succulents need a well-drained potting soil that allows for good air exchange. We recommend planting in Sol Soils Cactus Grit, mixed locally with exact specifications for arid plants offering sharp drainage and aeration. Keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.