Agave Problems- yellow/shriveled leaves

redpony034November 22, 2011


Large agave (appx 4 to 5 years old, started as a sucker/pup) has always been healthy/vigorous, but now has yellowing leaves!

Smaller agave (same age, but never has been as healthy) has super shriveled brown leaves.

They used to live outside most of the year, but I moved into an apartment and I had to take them to work with me since I have no real windows/patio. I've never been super clear on watering them. I used to just leave them outside.

I am more concerned about the large agave.

Thanks in advanced... Any tips?? Both agaves have pups...

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That is normal leaf scenesce. Notice that the most dry and shriveled leaves are the oldest and lowest. You may be underwatering a little, causing the plant to resorb and recycle the leaves water and nutrients. They look fine to me. No worries. You can remove the lowest leaves when completely dry.


    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 1:35PM
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Red Pony,

In the spring, I'd think the plant would benefit from a repot in fresh, more porous soil. Cut the soil you're using with perlite at a 50/50 ratio.


I was thinking that myself, but have too few large agaves to have been sure.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 2:24PM
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greenjay(Zone 6)

I've been having the same problem with mine this year, which stinks, because they are from a much larger plant that actually grew in my yard in SC. Here in Buffalo, lol another story... I am due to re-pot mine, so, I'll check things out then...Thanks everyone !

    Bookmark   November 26, 2011 at 3:44PM
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