Plant your Agave Blue Flame in well-draining soil. Use a porous soil like Kellogg Palm & Cactus Mix and to mix with your native soil or use straight out of the bag as a potting mix for patio containers. In coastal gardens, plant in full sun. In hotter, inland gardens, provide light shade in the hot afternoons to help prevent leaf burn.
After planting, thoroughly water to help the soil settle around the roots. Water as needed when the soil is completely dry. This agave is drought tolerant but has more vigor with some regular irrigation. Water only when the soil is completely dry. Excessive water will lead to rot. Avoid watering your Agave Blue Flame from above. The water can wash off the waxy, chalky surface on the leaf and alter the color of your Blue Flame.
A hybrid of Agave attenuata and Agave shawii, Blue Flame is hardy to at least 25℉, approximately 8 degrees more cold tolerant than A. attenuata.
Blue Flame Agave can produce numerous pups from the base of the plant and develop into large clumps or colonies. For a solitary appearance or to maintain size, remove the offsets with pruners to divide and/or dispose of pups. They are easiest to remove when they are young and small.
Agaves are monocarpic plants, which means they only flower once when they reach maturity. The rosette will eventually die when the flower is done blooming. The plant can remain in flower for a long period of time. The remaining offsets or pups will continue to grow until they mature and flower. Blue Flame typically matures and blooms after several years (generally within 15-20 years) on a 15 ft. tall stalk.