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Agave Multifilifera

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Plant Name: Agave Multifilifera
Plant Code:  D1066

Plant Specifications

Plant Height 25 cm

Agave multifilifera ‘Starshine’ is a stunning century plant, similarly patterned but different from the better known Agave schidigera ‘Shiraito no Ōhi’. The leaves of Agave multifilifera ‘Starshine’ are 1/2″ narrower (3/4″ compared to 1.25″) than Agave ‘Shiraito no Ōhi’, each surrounded by a very bright cream border. The solitary, non-offsetting Agave ‘Starshine’ is adorned with an abundance of small white curled hairs. The single digit F winter-hardy Agave multifilifera is native to the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango, and Sinaloa, where it occurs at up to 6,500′ elevation. We originally picked up this variegated selection from the wonderful Dutch agave specialty nursery, Succulenta in 2004 with no name, so, in 2014 we christened it Agave ‘Starshine’. While the variegation resulted in a loss of winter hardiness, Agave ‘Starshine’ is truly stunning as a container plant in cold winter climates.

Care And Nurture

  • Agave that is grown in pots require even more grit in the soil and can actually be planted in a cactus mix.
  • The addition of small rocks or pebbles to the soil increases the drainage capabilities of the container.
  • Agave plants in containers will require more water than those in the ground and will need to be repotted every year or so to replenish the soil and root prune the plant.
  • Agave plant care for container grown plants is otherwise the same and it affords you the ability to bring sensitive forms indoors when temperatures plummet.

You can put it outside in summer and spring, with indirect light, but it will need to remain indoors during fall and winter.

Sunlight Bright, south or south-east light. If natural light is not adequate, you can supplement with a nice natural white fluorescent bulb.
  • When the soil is dry it is time to water.
  • Dry climate, outdoors: Water every two to three days when warm and sunny.
  • Humid, cool or indoors: Water every week.
  • During the fall and winter months, the plants should be watered less frequently in order to promote blooming.
Soil Use a potting soil mix with a little sand; good drainage.
Temperature Agave  likes warm temperatures in summer and cooler in winter with a minimum of 10 degrees C (50 degrees F). Normal room temperature is great for Agave americana during the growth period.
Plants become more tolerant of cold temperatures as they grow larger.
Fertilizer Apply standard liquid fertiliser every two weeks during the active growing period. Do not fertilise the plant during the resting period.


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