Century plant (Agave americana) is a succulent member of the agave family capable of expanding up to 7-feet tall and 12-feet broad. The plant is characterized a huge flower stalk, which may reach heights of up to 30-feet and by blue-ish leaves. Cultivars that are available contain Marginata, a narrow- variety that boasts Medica picta, and stripes -striped range.
A native of the highlands, century-plant is suitable to Mediterranean climates and deserts. As a landscape plant, century-plant could be grown outside in USDA zones 8B to 1 1. Although it’s more tolerant of shade than several comparable crops the plant needs full sunlight to prosper.
Century plant isn’t picky about soil as it’s extremely well-draining. A rocky, sandy or gravelly infertile soil is best. The plant will develop in soils that are shallow. Century plant does great with rainfall that is normal and is extremely drought-tolerant. Supplemental watering can increase development if offered sparingly, about once a month throughout the summer.
Century plant could be grown from seed, although it’s going to take 10 to 15 years from germination time before it flowers. Sow seeds in a greenhouse, utilizing a well-draining soil mixture. Seeds may use up to 90 days to germinate. Transfer them once seedlings are several inches tall and enable before transplanting outside, the crops to reach a peak of at least 10″. Century plant might also be propagated by transplanting the offsets, or “pups,” of a mature plant.
The leaves of the century-plant are tipped using a sharp, unforgiving backbone that could puncture clothing. The plant could possibly get very big, which may be a hazard in the event the plant is developed near entry-way or a walkway. When they touch the refreshing sap of the plant, s O use gloves when managing leaves some individuals might have an allergic reaction.