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If you like agaves, but don't want to hurt yourself, a dragon tree agave is the best choice. It has no pointed leaf ends and is also easy to care for.Agave attenuata
Do you like agaves so much? If so, then you certainly have some at home. Since the leaves are very pointed and are also extremely hard, the tips of the leaves have formed really small spines. There are also small ticks on the edge of the leaves. This is not always an advantage, especially when you have small children. But in order not to have to do without the agave, you can get a very specific variety. Namely the dragon tree agave, which has particularly soft leaves and therefore does not form pointed ends. And the edges are not ticked either. Otherwise there is no difference to conventional agave, neither in appearance nor in care.
How to take care of your dragon tree agave
In order for the dragon tree agave to thrive, it naturally needs the right location. Agaves generally like a very sunny and warm place. It is best to place the dragon tree agave next to a south window.
In summer you can calmly put the agave outside. Get used to your indoor agave but slowly to the UV rays outdoors. If you put the plant under the blazing sun immediately, the leaves would burn. Place the dragon tree agave in a partially shaded place for about two weeks. Then the agave can find its place in the blazing sun. Before the first night frost you have to bring the plant back into the house.
You don't have to water a lot of agave. Since the leaves store water, you should only keep the soil slightly moist. In principle, it is sufficient if you water the agave every two weeks. Excess water must always be able to drain freely so that no waterlogging occurs. The dragon tree agave cannot tolerate this at all. Always pour the water out of the planter.
The dragon tree agave takes a rest period between October and February. You only need to give very little water here. This will prevent the bale from drying out.
Fertilize your dragon tree agave with a cactus fertilizer every four weeks during the growth phase. During the resting period between October and February you do not have to fertilize at all.
Larger agaves should be repotted approximately every three years in March. Make sure that you press the plant well into the substrate. However, you must not damage the roots.
As already mentioned, the dragon tree agave takes a rest period from October to February. During this time they like it bright and cool. Temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius are optimal.
Extra tip: multiply agave
You can also propagate the dragon tree agave by separating the small rosettes of leaves that form the plant from the mother plant and planting them separately. Otherwise, you can also multiply the dragon tree agave in spring using seeds. It only takes a while.