Agave Winter Protection

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Agave Winter Protection

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So winter will be here in a few months and I was wondering what are some ways to protect Hardy Agave's from moisture? I thought id better start preparing and getting the materials ready. I have Agave Parryi and Harvardia.


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I dug my Agaves up, tossed they in containers with no soil, placed them in my unheated garage and they did fine. They look great in the garden again. We get too much winter precipitation for agave.
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Do you have pics of them?
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Post by Paul Ont »

I do agree with Tim that the winter moisture in the east is too much for them!

That said, I've seen people use things as simple as clear plastic containers for them. The only time I had luck they were protected with overhead protection from a lean-to covered in glass.
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Here's the Agaves I kept in my unheated garage last winter.

I forget name on this Agave........americana proto? I need help.
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Three forms of A. lophantha:
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Tim,
Looks like proto. I have one almost just like it. :D
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My Agave Montana has survived two very cold Winters on my patch and has an Evergreen Buddleja protecting it from overhead rain. As it grows in Oak woodland high up in Montane forests it is used to precipitation. However i do use overhead protection as i did last year on my small Chamaerops "Vulcano"in which I use clear corrugated plastic on a wooden frame.
I also have Havardiana,Neomexicana and Ovatifolia
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Post by hardyjim »

Heres a few of mine I cover in winter.

Pics are from the end of June

A.Protoamericana
A.Neomexicana
A.Americana?(not the big one)
A.Parryi
A.Havardiana
A.Parryi(blue form)

A.Americana (Variegated)
A.Americana 'Mediopicta Alba'


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Post by TimMAz6 »

nice Chamaerops Andy!

Jim.......your A. havardiana is getting huge! Watch out next year.........your protection won't be big enough!
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Post by bgodwin1987 »

Jim here are some pics of my Agaves I have 2 Parryi and 2 Harvardias in the ground in my raised cacti bed. I Also have potted 2 Americas and 2 America Varigata( one is small and is sharing a pot with a small Harvardia), and a Agave Cornelius. I am deff bringing the Americanas and Cornelius inside I know they can't take it. I love your Cacti Garden Jim, hopefully eventually my Agave's will be as big as yours.

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Nice Agaves Bryce..........keep us updated this winter.
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TimMAz6 wrote:Nice Agaves Bryce..........keep us updated this winter.
I agree. :D
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Post by igor.glukhovtsev »

I think these agaves should be fine once to be moisture protected. Hope mines will be reaching that size in a few years...
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Post by bgodwin1987 »

Jim what kind of cacti are those with the Purple flowers?
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Post by palmofan »

This agave is not Agave lophantha, this is Agave univittata. Agave univittata is more cold and moisure hardy than Agave lophantha and can survive low temperatures to -18 C.
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Post by hardyjim »

bgodwin1987 wrote:Jim what kind of cacti are those with the Purple flowers?


Echinocereus reichenbachii
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Post by lucky1 »

Palmofan,

That's gorgeous!

Welcome to Palms North.
Look forward to seeing more of your specimens.

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Thank you for welcome! :)
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Post by Henoh_Croatia »

Welcome Palmofan! It's good to have you on board.

This is my Agave univittata
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