Agave tecta is an evergreen, succulent plant forming a large, rosette of leaves up to 2 metres long and 50cm wide plus, eventually, a flowering stem that can be up to 6 metres tall.
The plant is widely grown as a hedge in Guatemala.
Central America - Guatemala.
The plant is not known in a truly wild state, but it is abundant in hedges in many regions in the western highlands of Guatemala, where it is found at elevations from 1,500 - 2,600 metres[
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Requires a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in poor soils[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
A monocarpic species - the plant lives for a number of years without flowering but dies once it does flower. However, it normally produces plenty of suckers during its life and these continue growing, taking about 10 - 15 years in a warm climate, considerably longer in colder ones, before flowering[
The flowering stems are cooked and their juice extracted, fermented, and distilled into alcoholic beverages[
Widely grown in Guatemala as a stock-proof hedge[
Fibres obtained from the leaves can be used for making rope[
The roots contain saponins and can be used as a soap substitute[
Seed - surface sow in a container in a light position. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of well-drained soil when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position until they are at least 20cm tall.
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