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Agave has more than 300 species that have spread across the globe.In environments with a mild climate agave grown in the open field, and in the northern latitudes - both indoor ornamental plants.

Agave - pharmacy on the windowsill

agaves homeland - Mexico.The very name of this country is translated as "the place where grow agave."It is known that the ancient Aztecs used the plant throughout: made of fiber clothes and shoes, thread and rope.Large leaves of agave, they were covering their homes, trunks served beams and studs replaced with nails.Dried parts are used as fuel.But that is not all!From the juice of the agave produced soft drinks, wine making.The stems of this plant can be consumed both in raw and cooked or baked form.For the treatment of skin problems, healing of wounds and ulcers Aztecs used agave juice.Modern folk medicine also appreciated its unique healing properties.The juice of this plant is considered diuretic and laxative, it is effective for bruises and hematomas.The leaves of the agave used topically for treatme

nt of wounds and abscesses, sciatica, and internally - in diseases of the internal organs, especially the liver and stomach.Preparations made from agaves, have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activity.The juice of the plant is used in bronchitis and pneumonia, as an expectorant.

plant care

If you have long been growing aloe, and the cultivation of agave will have no problems.These plants are closely related, so their care is based on one and the de principles.

cultivation of the agave

Agave adapted to life in a hot arid climate.Moisture accumulates in the plant of its aerial parts, like aloe and cacti.Therefore, the main rule is watering - do not transfer.Summer moisture requires just enough to land not overly dry, and in the winter, and even less - can be watered once every two months.Agave is ideal for people, it is often on business trips!As for temperature, the agave transcend any heat of summer, but in winter, it is advisable not to allow the temperature drops below 6 ° C, the optimum conditions for standstill - being in a bright room with an air temperature 10-13 ° C.

May - August, every three weeks, you can feed any fertilizer for cacti or succulents.

Blooming agave

Argued that agave, like aloe blooms once every hundred years.This is not true for any for any other plant.Indeed, blooming agave - a rare and very beautiful phenomenon.However, under good growth conditions, it is almost natural.This happens once in plant life, about 10-15 years of age.From the center there is a long (in large specimens of up to 10 m) hand-spike, which is produced in the form of an inflorescence panicle or spikelets.After flowering agave dies, but leaves numerous basal shoots.

Agave - pharmacy on the windowsill, the cultivation of the agave

Reproduction and transplant agave

Agave propagated by cuttings, seeds and layering.The latter option is the most preferred.Agave root easily in water, after which the plants are planted in the substrate (clay-turf ground, leaf and sand in the ratio 3: 1: 1.)

in the ground for the agave add a little lime and coal.It should be good drainage.When planting is necessary to make sure that the root collar was located above the soil surface.

Agave does not like frequent direct, it can be done every 2-3 years.

See also:

  • Heuchera: planting and care.Heuchera varieties
  • How to care for cactus?

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