Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' (Baker's White Queen Agave)

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' (Baker's White Queen Agave)



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Scientific Name

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata'

Common Names

Baker's White Queen Agave

Synonyms

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Alba Marginata', Agave victoriae-reginae 'Marginata Alba', Agave victoriae-reginae f. albo marginata, Agave victoriae-reginae f. marginata alba, Agave victoriae-reginae 'White Rhino'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Description

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata', also know as Agave victoriae-reginae 'White Rhino', is a small beautiful Agave with rosettes of tight-fitting, deep green leaves with broad white margins and tipped with a short terminal spine. It forms a solitary rosette when young, but may produce offsets when mature. The rosette is up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter.

Photo by Cok Grootscholten

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most Agaves are easy to grow and take little care once established.

These plants require full sun to part shade. If you are growing Agaves indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun possible. Plants that are grown in low-light conditions become etiolated. Agave plants love going outside from spring to fall.

Agaves will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but their preference is sandy or rocky soil.

Mature plants are very drought tolerant. From spring to fall, water thoroughly your Agave when the soil mix becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Overwatering may encourage fungal root rot. When you are first establishing an Agave plant outdoors, water once or twice a week. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.

When the pot becomes full of roots, it has become pot-bound. If you notice you Agave becoming pot-bound, repot it with new soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.

Origin

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' is a variegated cultivar of Agave victoriae-reginae.

Links

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave”

Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave” is a great addition to your outdoor succulent or rock garden.

Watering

“Queen Victoria Agave” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Agave victoriae-reginae is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors and placed under a grow light in the colder months.

It does well in full sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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How to Propagate Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave”

Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave” can be propagated from offsets or seeds, although you may experience the best success with offsets.

Offsets

To grow “Queen Victoria Agave” from offsets, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove an offset from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Seeds

Seeds can be collected from the flowers of Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave.” Sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Agave seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.


If you’re looking to multiply your Queen Victoria agave, the easiest way to do so is to look for the offsets this plant naturally produces. Simply separate one of these pups from the main plant using a sharp knife, leave it to dry for a few days and then plant it in well-draining soil.

Like other agaves, the Queen Victoria agave will bloom once, usually after 10 to 15 years. This bloom signals the end of the plant’s life, as it’s monocarpic, but don’t despair. Agave blooms are a wonderful sight to see and you can harvest the seed pods to start the cycle all over again.


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