Agave succulents are some of the most unique, popular, and huge succulents out there. Agave succulents are continuing to get more popular, it really seems like more and more succulent lovers are growing agaves. Especially small towns, you will notice them growing in planter boxes next to sidewalks. Today we will be discussing the Variegated Agave Butterfly and how to grow and care for this beautiful agave succulent.
Like most agave succulents, the Variegated Agave Butterfly is naitve to Mexico and it grows just like its family. The Variegated Agave Butterfly is an amazing agave succulent for beginners for its very easy to grow and care for. By the end of this article you will know exactly how to grow and care for the Variegated Agave Butterfly.
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VARIEGATED AGAVE BUTTERFLY CARE
SOIL FOR VARIEGATED AGAVE BUTTERFLY
This soil is the most perfect soil for the Variegated Agave Butterly. This succulent soil has 2 of the fastest draining ingredients out there sand and perlite. Sand and perlite will protect your Variegated Agave Butterly from root rot. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die and it happens a lot.
This soil will help your Variegated Agave Butterly grow healthy, happy, and of course protect it from root rot which is much needed. This soil is also loaded with 60+ minerals and nutrients from seaweed fertilizer. Your Variegated Agave Butterly will grow bigger, faster, and stronger in this soil because it will be absorbing many nutrients from the seaweed in the soil.
This is amazing soil for your Variegated Agave Butterly and you should definitely consider it when growing this succulent. Your Variegated Agave Butterly will just simply love it and will grow super healthy, faster, bigger, and happier when grown in this soil.
When it comes to watering the Variegated Agave Butterfly it’s like watering most succulent plants. The Variegated Agave Butterfly doesn’t need or want too much water, so make sure to only water 1-2 days a week or when the soil looks or feels very dry. Avoid overwatering for it will cause root rot and will most likely harm your succulent. When watering this succulent water deep to the point where it drains out of the bottom of the pots drainage hole.
Like most agaves, the Variegated Agave Butterfly loves and wants to be grown in full sun. It loves direct full sun and will produce its beautiful colors when growing in full sun. Most succulents will burn up in full sun but this succulent won’t. It can tolerate direct sun and it really wants as much sunlight as possible.
Most agave succulents love warm weather and should be grown in warm weather. You can’t grow these succulents in freezing temperatures for they will easily die, they don't and won’t tolerate cold/freezing temperatures. Make sure to grow the Variegated Agave Butterfly in warm weather that it will enjoy and thrive in. During the cold winter season you can move them indoors but make sure to keep the inside temperature between 60-80 degrees.
PROPAGATING VARIEGATED AGAVE BUTTERFLY
You can propagate the Variegated Agave Butterfly from leaves or offsets. Propagating this succulent from offsets is more ideal and way easier than leaf propagation. When your Variegated Agave Butterfly produces its small offset, gently trim it off and plant in well-draining succulent soil. Give it shade for 1 week so it can root, then slowly give it more sunlight every single day.
When repotting the Variegated Agave Butterfly it’s very important to repot in a bigger pot than it was in. It will need a bigger pot because this succulent grows fairly large and wants to continue to grow like crazy. Repotting during its growing season is best, for it will allow the succulent to adjust to its new home. This will avoid root damage to the succulent. When choosing a succulent pot, make sure to use one with a drainage hole so the excess water can drain out of the bottom.
The Variegated Agave Butterfly is a monocarpic succulent. When a succulent is monocarpic it means the succulent will actually die after it produces its flower. I know it’s kinda a bummer but it’s just nature. The flower it produces is very beautiful, and it will look great for a couple of weeks but then you will notice your Variegated Agave Butterfly starting to die. Yes your Variegated Agave Butterfly is dying, but you can still propagate the succulent through its offsets. When it flowers it produces beautiful offsets so make sure to cut one off and propagate it right away before it's too late and the succulent dies.
Yes, most agave succulents are toxic and carry sap that will harm and burn your skin. Yes, the Variegated Agave Butterfly succulent is a toxic succulent and it does carry toxic sap that will burn your skin if it touches your skin. Make sure to wear gloves and maybe a long sleeve shirt when handling this succulent. Avoid growing it out of reach towards pets and children. If consumed you will most likely get symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The Variegated Agave Butterfly does go dormant during the winter. It’s so used to warm temperatures, it’s not used to the cold winter season so it will go dormant. You will notice a little lack of color and it will grow very slowly. Don’t worry this is very normal when this happens during dormancy. All you can do is not give it too much water, for it doesn’t want or need too much water during dormancy.
COMMON PROBLEMS WHEN GROWING THE VARIEGATED AGAVE BUTTERFLY
Like most succulents, this succulent will go through root rot if given too much water or not using proper soil. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die, so make sure to not overwater and to use well-draining succulent soil. It’s important to take action and fix root rot right away before your Variegated Agave Butterfly dies from it.
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