Exotic looking large perennial succulent that’s evergreen, tolerates winter lows to 20℉, as well as drought, wind, salt and is super easy to maintain.
Why Choose a Blue Agave?
Native to the slopes of the Mexican highlands, Blue Agave is a large evergreen perennial succulent that will thrive in the North Georgia winters. If you’re looking for something to add to a tropical landscape and pump up its flavor then you won’t be disappointed with the addition of an exotic looking Blue Agave.
Blue Agave grows slowly maturing to a height and width of around 6 to 10 feet. The showy bluish-green strap-like succulent leaves form from a center rosette and are sometimes curved. Each leaf grows around 5 feet long and 10 inches wide when mature and has a coarse texture. The foliage tapers to a sharp pointy spine.
Another common name for Blue Agave is Century Plant, due to it once being thought the plant only flowers every 100 years. However, plants reaching 10 to 25 years old bloom producing an eye-catching long 15 to 30 foot tall flower spike from the center rosette. Panicles of 3-inch greenish-yellow flowers form at the top of the spike and the flower stalk persists for months.
Once Blue Agave blooms the mother plant dies but offsets form around its base and continue the cycle of growing and blooming.
Some interesting facts about the Blue Agave is that the plant is one of the agaves used in the making of mezcal. The flower stalk’s sap is fermented into mescal. Although nutritious, sweet but fibrous, the stem cortex is rich in saccharine and is edible when baked. Blue Agave’s sap is also used as a laxative and diuretic. The roasted flower stalk is utilized like asparagus.
Is it Cold-Hardy in My Area?
If you’re looking to spruce up a tropical landscape with something that’s cold-hardy with an exotic appeal, then look no further than Blue Agave. It stands up to North Georgia winters tolerating lows to 20℉ without skipping a beat and a brief dip several degrees lower. It’s hardy growing throughout USDA zones 8 through 11.
However, if you’re expecting some extreme winter lows there are precautions you can take to help protect your Blue Agave. Adding several inches of organic mulch over the planting site and watering deeply the day before the cold weather arrives helps insulate the roots keeping them warm.
You can also cover the agave with sheets to contain the warmth or string holiday lights throughout the canopy.
How Big Does It Get?
Although slow-growing, Blue Agave eventually matures into large plants. They can develop into a mature plant that’s 6 to 10 feet tall and wide. Consider their eventual size when selecting a location in the landscape and give them enough room to grow without interference.
How Much Sun Does It Require?
For the best performance situate Blue Agave where it receives full sun for the majority of the day, although it tolerates partial sun for a portion of the day.
What About Soil and Water?
Blue Agave grows well in a variety of soils that are well-drained and won’t tolerate a site that is soggy with poor drainage.
Water Blue Agave after planting and once or twice weekly for the first month while the root system establishes itself. The agave is very drought-tolerant and once established doesn’t require any supplemental water for good growth.
Is It Easy to Maintain?
If you’re not looking to add a fussy problem child to your landscape then Blue Agave is the plant for you. It requires little in the way of maintenance to retain its good looks and grow properly, which includes pruning. The only pruning you can do is possibly trim off the sharp ends of the leaf tips so they don’t poke someone. Blue Agave is a true “plant it and forget it” plant that doesn’t require care to thrive.
What About Fertilizing?
Like its low-maintenance qualities, Blue Agave doesn’t require supplemental feedings for healthy growth. However, if you want to use a general-purpose blend for landscape plants applied in spring it won’t hurt the agave.
Follow label directions on amounts and spread evenly under the Blue Agave’s canopy. After the application, be sure to water it in well.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: Yes, we deliver within a 30 mile radius of our Alpharetta, GA location. Click here to check your zip code. The cost for delivery is $65. For potential delivery beyond 30 miles, please call us at 770-400-9897.
Q: Do you install?
A: Yes, all the plants we sell can be installed by us. Installation cost varies by product. Once you place your products in the cart, it will display delivery and installation costs. We only install AtlantaPalms.com palm trees and plants. Installation requires delivery by us.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?
A: Yes, we guarantee that your palm tree will arrive in perfect condition. If you're not satisfied within the first five (5) days of receiving your trees and plants, give us a call at 770-400-9897 so that we can make things right.
If you have issues with your trees or plants within the first 30 days, give us a call. We will review your concerns and provide you with a one-time replacement if necessary. Replacement delivery and installation costs are at the customer’s expense.
Please note, palm trees need proper care. If you have provided less than optimal care, your purchase isn't covered by our guarantee.
Q: Do you accept returns?
A: Only palms and plants 15 Gallon or less can be returned. The plant must be returned within 2 days of pickup or delivery and must be in the original container. Once a tree has been removed from its original container, or has been planted, it cannot be returned. Delivery fees are non-refundable.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept all major credit cards and cash.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00 / Saturday - By Appointment Only
Q: How often should I water my palms?
A: In general, palms should be watered daily with 4 to 5 gallons of water for the first two weeks until the root system is established. Ensure that the soil is wet and not soggy. Too much water may cause permanent damage. Depending on the type of palm and time of year, watering may be decreased to twice a month or less once the tree is established. Make sure you water the trees from the bottom up. Watering from the top down can cause rotting. Soil that has good drainage is important to help prevent over saturation and adding sand to the soil mixture can help with drainage. Placing mulch around the base of the tree and not against the trunk can also help with retaining water.
For cold hardy palms, watering will vary depending on the time of year and the temperature. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season.
Winter (60 degrees of less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Spring (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week. (5 gallons or till mote is full)
Beginning of summer (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week
Heat of summer (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week
Q: When do I apply fertilizer to my palm tree?
A: Newly planted palms should not be fertilized until they put out a new spear. For palms planted from the Georgia/Tennessee border down to Atlanta, apply fertilizer in three applications. In heavy clay soils use half the recommended amount of fertilizer, and do not apply granular fertilizers after August 1. Be sure to fertilize only during the growing season (between April 1 and August 1).
Q: It is a good idea to correctly support larger, newly planted palms?
A: Larger palms will require some form of bracing to maintain stability during the first six to eight months after installation. Three equidistantly-spaced braces are used to support the palm. If Atlanta Palms installs your palm tree, we handle the bracing.
Q: When should I prune my palm tree?
A: The only time you should prune your palm tree is when the fronds are discolored, broken or pointing to the ground at more than a 90 degree angle. Palms get most of their energy from their fronds, so it’s important to be careful not to remove too many.
Q: Why are drip irrigation systems preferable to sprinklers?
A: Both drip irrigation and sprinklers are good irrigation systems for your palm trees. Drip irrigation is designed to have deeper saturation into a specific area. Sprinklers (spray irrigation) will only saturate the top 3-5 inches per watering cycle whereas Palms root balls are 2-3 feet deep and require a deeper water saturation to develop new roots. Newly planted palms can suffer root loss with a lapse in deep water saturation especially during the hotter and drier summer months.
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