Agave potatorum

Verschaffelt agave

A small and highly attractive agave from the semi-deserts of Mexico. Agave potatorum can happily live its entire life in a pot, making it the perfect addition to your collection.

Hardy to about -10°C if kept dry, it is definitely worth trying outdoors in the milder parts of the country.

Origin: Mexico
Genus: Agave
Species / Cultivar: potatorum
Common Name: Verschaffelt agave
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Temperature: -6 to +35°C°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Humidity: Low
Suited to fairly dry air, typically because it evolved in an arid climate.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Will stay rather compact until maturity when it can send up a 4 metre flower spike.

As with other Agaves, use a very well-draining potting mix and keep very dry during winter

Did you know?

In its native range it is distilled to make the alcoholic drink Mezcal.


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