Agave - too much water?

rhairJuly 8, 2013

We planted 6 of these narrow leaf agave in late April or early May. Three are doing OK (not great, but OK) the other three are turning yellow like the one in the picture. I'm guessing I'm watering too much or at least was in the beginning. I was giving them a good soaking with a spray nozzle every two weeks. I think it's too late to save these three but I'm hoping for some advice to save the others!!

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GeeS 9b

Probably not enough water -- not nearly enough if they're out in the sun. The plant in the pic can probably be salvaged, if you'll start watering it. These aren't native cacti we're dealing with and they aren't yet established. You should probably be watering 2-3 times per week -- if you're in the low desert and they're out in the sun.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 11:03PM
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I'd have to agree w/ GermanStar. Not enough water. And especially likely if the plants were grown in a peat-based soil mix from their container.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 8:47PM
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GeeS 9b

Yeah, you can get small Agaves like that down to watering once every 10 days or so through summer, but not before they're well established.

This post was edited by GermanStar on Wed, Jul 10, 13 at 21:17

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 9:16PM
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Thank you both for your posts. I went out to water them on Tuesday after seeing GermanStar's post and realized that the 3 that are suffering are in full sun pretty much all day. The other 3 do get some afternoon shade. I'll start watering twice a week and see if I can save at least 3 or 4 of them. Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 8:15AM
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