They’re fast growers with hybrid vigor. A mangave plug grown from tissue culture takes 12 to 16 weeks to fill out a quart container, then another two weeks to fill a gallon. Agaves, in comparison, take 63 weeks.
Then, is Mangave a succulent?
‘Aztec King’ Mangave
Make sure you give this succulent plenty of room to grow so it can achieve its maximum potential. Wide, broad silvery green leaves are covered with burgundy flecks and form a very large rosette. A large terra cotta pot or a 3-gallon container will show off its impressive size the best.
Likewise, do Mangave die after flowering?
Do Mangave die after flowering? Mangaves, unlike their parent agave, are polycarpic. It means they do not die after blooming and may bloom every summer.
How do you divide Mangave?
When dividing Mangave pups you will want the roots visible so you can gently twist them and pull them off the main succulent. You can also use a clean sharp knife if the roots are super tough to pull apart, but this is always a good sign of healthy strong roots which is useful when propagating Mangave from offsets.
Mangave plants are not poisonous to pets. Curious dogs and cats may occasionally get an unwelcome spike from the sharp leaves!
Hardiness: Will need winter protection. Drought tolerant. Growth Characteristics: Symmetrical rosette of amazing silvery-blue leaves mottled with large purple spots.
More Interesting Colors and Shapes
Thanks to their hybrid parentage, Mangave offer a wide variety of new colors and forms compared to Agave. From the Manfreda side comes the potential for unique foliage spotting, unseen on Agave, as well as wavy and cascading foliage.
Mangaves resemble compact, symmetrical agaves with succulent leaves. They typically grow to 8–24 in (20–60 cm) high and up to 18 in (50 cm) wide, although some can grow up to 4 ft (120 cm) high and 6 ft (180 cm) wide. The leaves of the plant are stiff, sometimes fragile, and variable in foliage color and patterns.
How to Grow Mangave Plants. Growing mangaves are low maintenance, drought tolerant and often a perfect focal point in the landscape. Colors change and become more vibrant with sun. Make sure to give them plenty of room to grow in all directions when you plant.
Mangave perform best in full sun with well drained soil. They appreciate light shade in the desert when temperatures get high during summer months, but can withstand drought conditions. Water when dry. Requires more than 6 hours of sunlight per day.
I’m including Manfreda here as part of Agave since this is now considered to be merely a subgenus of Agave and not a separate genus. When any Agave rosette flowers its growth is terminated and it dies. That rosette is therefore monocarpic.
Most Mangave are monocarpic and produce only one bloom in their lifetime. They can, however, produce new offsets or “pups” that will live on after the mother plant dies.
After flowering the flower spike which grows to about 1.5m (5?) will die but suckers from the new plant will form at the bottom of the old plant meaning it will continue to grow in your garden.