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🌻 Plant Care Guide For Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave

Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave

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Botanical Name: Agave caerulescens

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Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave

Botanical Name: Agave caerulescens

Low Water

Direct Sun

Toxic

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📚 Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave Care Guide

Thorn crested agave is native to coastal areas of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. It is a succulent plant that forms rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with sharp and prominent spines on the edges and tips.
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💧️ Water - Low Water OR Medium Water
Low Water Needs

Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave is fairly forgiving when it comes to missing a watering day. These plants don't require much oversight.

For Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave, it is important to let the majority of the soil dry in between waterings. Be careful about overwatering your plant -- this can lead to fungal disease like root rot and pest infestations.

Growing Outdoors
If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.

Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade.
You can also consider placing your Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf scorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.
Moderate Water Needs
Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave.

Pot selection is also important to keep your Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepAgave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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Direct Sunlight (Full Sun)
Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave thrives best in direct sunlight or full sun meaning that it loves at least 6-8 hours of bright direct light.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave in an area that receives sunlight throughout the day. If growing indoors, place near a South-facing window for ideal conditions. South-facing windows receive the most amount of direct light everyday.
Bright Indirect Light or Partial Sun
Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave can grow in bright indirect light which means it prefers at least 4-6 hours of diffused natural light (ideally 6 hours).
Growing Outdoors
When plants thrive in bright, indirect light only this means that you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unlessAgave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave is also explicitly noted to tolerate direct sunlight.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.
Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade. You can also consider placing a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf gscorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.

Moderate Light | Partial Shade

Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave can tolerate and grow in moderate light and partially shady areas which means it prefers about 2-4 hours of diffused natural light. Moderate and partial shade plants can tolerate some bright, direct sun, but it's best to give them respite and plant in primarily shady areas of your space.

When plants like Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave grow in moderate light or partially shady areas, you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unless direct sun is specified as a light need for the plant. In which case it can tolerate a wide range of low light to direct sun conditions and is very forgiving!

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave in a primarily partially shady area that may receive some morning sun (East side).Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave is a great option for shade gardens or underneath trees or near fence lines that provide cover from bright sunlight.

If growing indoors, you can grow this type of plant in a lot of different areas of your house. The only thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to avoid direct sunlight (unless specified) for Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave. This means if you are growing near a South-facing window, make sure to place it a few feet away from the window. South-facing windows receive the most amount of bright, indirect and direct light a day. Eastern-facing windows receive light in the morning and afternoon shade, while West-facing windows receive sun in the afternoon. North-facing windows receive the least amount of light and would be great candidates for where to place you Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave.
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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌳 Mature Size
Up to One to 1 to 1.5 feet or 12 to 18 inches.

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🧪 Soil pH Needs
Not Known.

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🦋 Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave Plant Uses and Characteristics
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🌺 When does Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave bloom?
Blooms from late Summer to early Fall.Blooms in mid Fall.
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🌱 Propagation Methods
By Rhizome Division | Mother plant dies after producing seeds or offsets. Monocarpic. |
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🚫 Dangers
This plant is sharp. Becareful when handling. Use thick, protective garden gloves.
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❤️‍🔥 Grows well in...
Reported by Neverland plant community to grow well in:
Northwest Territories 1
California 6
Arizona 3
Florida 3
North Carolina 1
Texas 4
Georgia 1
Maryland 1
New Mexico 1
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where Agave Univittata / Thorn Crested Agave is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


Zone 9A
20 to 25 F
Zone 9B
25 to 30 F
Zone 10A
30 to 35 F
Zone 10B
35 to 40 F
Zone 9A
Zone 9 offers generally favorable conditions for growing most types of plants outdoors. This zone's coldest temperatures rarely drop below freezing in the winter time.This zone also offers fairly long growing seasons from mid February to early December. It's a great zone for cultivating a winter garden!
First Frost:
Early to mid-December is the typical time-frame, but can go as late as late December.

Last Frost:
Mid-February is the typical time-frame, but at times it can go up to as laste as first week of March.
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