Agave victoria-reginae ‘Cream Compact’

R850 incl. VAT

Where it grows

This Agave is widespread throughout the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico, though the variegated form is rare and is mainly grown in cultivation only.

Special features

This Agave is a small, compact plant with triangular shaped leaves growing in an almost crown-like shape, hence its name of ‘Queen Victoria’ Agave. It has white striations running down every leaf, giving it a geometric appearance. The ‘Cream Compact’ cultivar has white-cream variegation on the left and right thirds of the leaves, with normal green chlorophyll only appearing in the middle.

Care guide

Agave victoria-reginae can be grown in full sun if slowly acclimatized, and makes a great display plant for any garden. Ideally, it should be kept under 30-40% shade cloth for easiest care. The soil it is planted in needs to drain very well, and preferably have some factor of grittiness to it. They are frost hardy and can tolerate cold temperatures, but only if kept completely dry in winter. Only water in spring and summer.

Growing season

Spring and summer.

Propagation

Offsets.

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Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A chlorophyll deficiency which results in a lack of green pigment.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

A mutation in the growth point which results in the plant growing sideways rather than upwards.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

- Cheryl K

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