November 24, 2014
Transplanting an Agave
The other day we transplanted many of the agaves in the greenhouse. Agaves are succulent plants with thick fleshy leaves. Since they are native to the southern and western United States and tropical America, they are sensitive to the cold and cannot survive outdoors during the harsh Northeastern winters. The process of moving them indoors and repotting them takes place each autumn, usually starting in late October. We move the agaves from their outdoor locations on the various properties into the warm environment of the greenhouse, and we transplant the ones that have outgrown their pots and become root bound. Transplanting agaves is a relatively simple process, but since we have so many at my farm it can take a while to complete the job.
1 Here is a variety of agave called 'Sharkskin' - a cutting of of one of my larger plants that was rooted two years ago.
2 You can see how large the root mass has grown - definitely time to transplant it.
3 After pulling the root mass out of the container . . .
4 . . . you gently separate the roots . . .
5 . . . fill a new pot with a mount of soil . . .
6 Gently spread the roots over the soil . . .
7 Make sure the plant is centered in the pot, level, and most importantly, not too deep.
8 You add more soil to fill the pot to about half an inch from the top.
9 Here is one of my gardeners, Wilmer, as he takes the final steps. I love the bold and dramatic shape of agaves, whether they're in pots or in the landscape. This one is a beautiful specimen.