Blue Flame Agave

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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Description

Blue Flame Agave is a large evergreen succulent with beautiful, curved leaves. It is a hybrid between the Agave shawii and Agave attenuata plants, and it can grow to be up to 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide when it is fully matured. It has a beautiful blue-green color with frosted-colored leaves.

Typically, the Blue Flame Agave grows in sandy and gravelly soils in full sun, but it can also tolerate partial sun. In the winter, it can survive in areas as cold as 25° F. It is native to Mexico and the Southwest United States, so it grows extraordinarily well in dry climates with high temperatures.

The flower of the Blue Flame Agave is a mix of yellow and green, and they infrequently bloom during the summer. The flowers grow in a stalk in the center of the plant and are edible, both cooked and raw. It takes several weeks for them to bloom, and they open from the base of the flower to the tip.

USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11 are best suited for Blue Flame Agave, but it can grow in nearly any hot and dry climate.

Blue Flame Agave Care

The Blue Flame Agave plant needs full sun, but it does just fine in partial sun as well. If you are growing the plant indoors, be sure to place the plant in a bright window with as much sun as possible. You should plant it in sandy and dry soil that drains well. It should also be slightly acidic and have a rocky texture.

To prune the Blue Flame Agave plant, remove the faded and dried rosettes and racemes after flowering. Now, new rosettes will grow in soon after, so removing the old ones makes plenty of room. You can then propagate the Blue Flame Agave by using the offsets.

The Blue Flame Agave plant is vulnerable to scale insects, which can infest the leaves, leave a sticky substance, and foul the older foliage. This can eventually lead to weakened plant growth if prolonged, but you can prevent it by using a natural pesticide. The plant is also susceptible to chlorosis, which comes from a magnesium deficiency. In this case, you may notice the leaves turning yellow rather than being blue and green.

Blue Flame Agave Fruit and Harvesting

The agave plant leaves are filled with sap, and they can be eaten raw. It has a sweet flavor, much like molasses. It can replace sugar or honey in recipes for a sweet and organic alternative. They can also be roasted or boiled, and the juice can be used as a soup. Before making soup, test a little bit of the leaf first because it can be too bitter to eat. They should be harvested in the winter and the spring.

Both the stalk of the flower and the actual flower are edible as well. Before the plant blooms, the stalk is often roasted and eaten, and it has a similar flavor to the sap in the leaves. Therefore, they should be harvested just before summer begins. Once you remove the stalk, the space will fill with sap that you can use to make tequila.

The Blue Flame Agave plant flowers are green and white, and they grow together in clumps. Once they bloom, they can be used in salads by either roasting or boiling them. Its nectar can also make sauces and sugars, lasting up to two years.

Blue Flame Agave Advice

The growing season of the Blue Flame Agave is in the spring and summer, and it needs regular watering during these times. This typically means you need to water the plant every one to two weeks or so in the summer. The soil should be at least half dry between each watering, and every part of the soil needs to be watered.

Watering the Blue Flame Agave once a month is generally sufficient during the rest of the year. Avoid overwatering, as this can easily kill the plant. To prevent this, growing the plant in an area that rarely rains can keep it healthy and thriving. If raised in a rainier climate, you must cover it to help protect it.

The Blue Flame Agave should be planted in sandy and dry soil with good water drainage. If fertilizer is needed, a liquid feed for large succulents is best. Apply the fertilizer once every 3 to 4 weeks during the growth period. Overall, Blue Flame Agave is an adaptable, easy, and low-maintenance plant that is great for beginners or those without much spare time.

FAQs

Is Blue Flame Agave Sharp?

The tips of the plant’s leaves are sharp, but they would not commit any fatal harm. The leaves of the Blue Flame Agave turn inward, so the ends of the leaf are not overly exposed. It is best to keep young children from playing too close to them.

How Fast Does Blue Flame Agave Grow?

Blue Flame Agave grows fairly slowly compared to many other succulents. It can take between 8 to 10 years for the plant to become fully matured, and even longer for flowers to bloom. Often, the plant will only bloom flowers once in its lifetime.

Why Is My Blue Flame Agave Turning Yellow?

The plant may be turning yellow because of overwatering or a magnesium deficiency. Limit watering to once a month during the growing seasons and consider buying a magnesium-loaded fertilizer. Be sure to cover the plant during frost periods as well.

How Much Does Blue Flame Agave Cost?

A standard package of Blue Flame Agave seeds may cost around $4.00. The plant costs about $20 per gallon on average.