Agave lophantha “quadricolor”

Synonyms:

A. kerchovei ‘Pectinata’
A. lophantha ‘Quadricolor’
A. lophantha ‘Goshikibandai’
A. cv Goshiki Bandai

Habitat:

This Agave is a vivarium produced cultivar.

Description:

Agave lophantha “quadricolor” is a small-sized species, which has got a solitary succulent rosette, not taller than 40 cm, and 60 cm wide. It is named after its characteristic leaves, which are variegated in four, distinct colours.

Cultivation:

This Agave species is pretty easy-to-grow. Like other Agaves, it needs a very well-drained soil; it does well in light shade to full sun, but in summer it will need some shade and copious water – always allowing to dry before watering again. A good amount of water and fertilizer will help this plant to grow faster. During winter, only water enough to avoid shrivelling. Agave lophantha can tolerate up to -12° (particularly if dry); anyway, it is better to avoid freezing temperatures. It does great both in containers or in ground (and plants cultivated outdoors are more heat resistant).

Propagation:

You can use basal suckers as propagation material: remove them in spring or summer, let them dry and insert them in compost.

Curiosity:

The adjective “quadricolor” refers to the four colourful bands which characterize the leaves of this Agave.

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www.giromagi.com

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