ABOUT THIS AGAVE
Sharkskin Agave, This Mexican native is distinctive with its thick deep blue-gray sword shaped leaves. Leaves curl inward with the easily recognizable leaf impressions on the back. Smooth textured and simplistic in appearance makes Sharkskin a highly sought after specimen. Glorious in a garden either in-ground where weather permits or in a container for all to enjoy.
These are very healthy Agaves with well established root systems. In a container, your new Sharkskin will add rich feel to your porch or patio, in the ground it can reach it’s full potential in just a season or two when planted in a well drained, sandy cactus mix.
Please note: Lower leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress. The growth rate of Sharkskin will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Always changing!
Sharkskin are very easy to grow drought tollerant Agaves that and seem to grow best when neglected. They add a wonderful accent to any desert garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Sharkskin can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Sharkskin Agaves should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new Agave open your box carefully and water if dry. Please take your time when opening. Most foliage damage occurs when the box is ripped open in the excitement of receiving new plants. Many plants, especially succulents, are very fragile and leaves may snap off easily if not handled cautiously.
Most gardeners don’t realize that Agaves grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 18″ to a 30″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice, however the smaller variety Agaves will do well in a small 6″ round pot. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your Agave will be. When the Agave becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Sharkskin enjoy well drained, sandy cactus mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Sharkskin, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the Agave.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This Agave requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted Agave will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Agaves are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this Agave to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Agaves for sale will vary in size. In the spring, Agaves are often smaller than Agaves shipped in the fall. Most Agaves designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Agaves are inspected, watered, pruned if necessary to facilitate shipping. Your new Agave is then bagged to keep the soil moist, to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your Agave is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased. You may want to buy Sharkskin online now while they are in stock.