Agave potatorum “Shoji-Raijin”

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Synonyms:

Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii ‘Shoji-Raijin’
Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii compacta
Agave Potatorum forma minima.
Agave Potatorum v. Japan
Agave Potatorum “Nana”
Agave isthmensis ‘Shoji-Raijin’

Habitat:

Garden succulents found only cultivated.

Description:

Agave Shoji-Raijin is a dwarf growing species, selected in Japan. Its size can be pretty variable, but usually, mature plants fits in 10 cm pots.  It forms a beautiful, compact, small rosette. Leaves are fleshy, thick, dusty-blue; marginal spines are short and in a small number, situated on lumps, while the characteristical terminal spine is reddish and slightly twisted.

Cultivation:

This easy-to-grow species is less cold-hardy than many other Agaves . It does well in full sun or light shade, but in summer it needs some shade. It needs a very well-drained soil.  This plant  will grow faster with a good amount of water (specially in summer, but letting it dry before watering again: be careful not to overdo!). During winter, only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling. It does great both in little containers.

Propagation:

Propagation can be done only by basal suckers: if available, cut them during summer or spring, let the cuttings dry for few days, then put them in compost.

Curiosity:

This Agave is also called “Silver star” or “Blue rose”, beacuse of its beautiful appearance.

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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