Agave
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MY BLUE AGAVE.

Zone WEST COVINA, CA 91749 | ONLCKED@aol.com added on August 25, 2017 | Answered

I HAVE A BLUE AGAVE THAT DOESNT LOOK SO WELL. THE LEAVES HAVE TURNED DRY AND CURLING UP AT THE SIDES. I HAVE NOTICED THIS ON A FEW OF MY AGAVE PLANTS I HAVE PLANTED.ILL GIVE YOU THE ONE PHOTO I HAVE TAKEN I CAN SUPPLY MORE IF NEEDED.

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dawnjhiking
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on August 26, 2017

Hello,

Thank you for sending us your gardening question. It sounds like the problem with your agave is either a problem of insufficient water or the presence of an agave snout weevil. Try flooding the entire root zone of that agave with a slow running hose set at the base of the plant. Once the root ball is saturated along with soil immediately adjacent to it, the agave will take in enough water to plump itself up again within just a few days. Those wrinkles at the leaf bases will vanish. But if those furrows remain despite the flooding, you know the plant can't take it up. The reason is likely weevil larvae have severed root from shoot.

Here are a couple of articles you might find helpful:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/agave/agave-snout-weevil-control.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/agave/growing-agave.htm

Please let us know if you have any other gardening questions and happy gardening!

Thanks
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