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Queen Victoria Agave: Grow & Care for Agave victoriae-reginae

Written by Iris

Jul 29 2021

Queen Victoria Agave: Grow & Care for Agave victoriae-reginae
Queen Victoria Agave was named in honor of Queen Victoria. Because the leaves of Queen Victoria agave are like arrows, the edges of the leaves are white markings, which look like snow deposited on the leaves. Queen Victoria Agave was originally grown in Mexico. The whole shape will grow very evenly, and the leaves will grow very compact. The whole shape is like a rosette, with spikes on the tips of the leaves. Usually we can only see it in some botanical gardens, but few people can keep it well, because it prefers places that are warm and dry all year round.

How to Choose and Prepare a Planting Site

Queen Victoria Agave (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.
Queen Victoria Agave

How to Grow Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoriae-reginae)

Steps Queen Victoria Agave for Propagation with Seeds

Seeds can be collected from the flowers of Agave victoriae-reginae “Queen Victoria Agave plant.” 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.

Steps for Queen Victoria Agave Propagation with Stem Cuttings

The best way to grow Queen Victoria Agave from cuttings is by using either sterile scissors or a sharp knife. Start by removing the stem from the core of the plant, let the plant sit and harden for a few days. Once that is done, place the stem in well-draining soil, only water the plant if the soil has been dried out.

Steps for Queen Victoria Agave Propagation with Offsets

Queen Victoria Agave and other plants that produce clone offshoots or “pups” are very easy and rewarding to divide and transplant. You can make your gardening budget go farther with a little effort and patience by including them in your garden design.
We aren’t talking about propagating by cuttings, so you don’t have to use any rooting hormone and then have to worry about whether or not a cutting will “take” because you’re basically extracting an already whole plant, the “pup”, from the “mother” plant and transplanting it.
So long as you’re careful with the roots and then give it appropriate soil and water (not too much), your newly transplanted agave should establish itself just fine.
Queen Victoria Agave

How to Care for Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoriae-reginae)

Light Care

Well let's just say that if Queen Victoria Agave was able to do that, it would spend all its time sunbathing catching those rays. This plant originated from Mexico and Southern USA. Therefore they require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight

Soil Care

  • Growing Queen Victoria Agave in containers
Due to fact that Queen Victoria Agave is succulent you should use well-draining soil which is porous as well. Normal soil tends to retain too much moisture. You can buy succulent soil from most garden centres or just make your own by mixing normal potting soil, sand and perlite together.

1 ½ bucket of soil
1 bucket of sand
½ bucket of perlite
 
This is the mixture I use to make my own succulent soil; it stops the soil from losing all the moisture whilst still allowing it to compact, keeping the roots in place.
Growing (Agave victoriae-regina) in containers also allows you move them outside during spring and summer and back indoors over autumn and winter, you also have the benefit of restricting its growth, the Queen Victoria AgaveAgave victoriae-regina will still produce offsets when grown in a container, it’s overall size just won’t be as big.
  • Growing Queen Victoria Agave outdoors:
When growing Agave victoriae-regina outdoors you need to have well draining soil, if not the roots will become water logged and rot. If you have poor draining soil then you must find a way to improve drainage or you can plant them in a  raised bed or mound.
Queen Victoria Agave

Water Care

Queen Victoria agave plant is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Queen Victoria agave can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer.

Temperature and Humidity Care

The Queen Victoria agave is a great choice for those that would like to grow succulents outdoors for most or even all of the year. Although the species prefers temperatures above freezing (0 °C) year-round, it can deal with light frost as long as its soil is kept dry. In climates that get a lot of rain and/or frost during wintertime, you might want to move your Queen Victoria agave indoors during the harshest months.

Fertilizer Care

Apply decayed thin liquid or compound fertilizer every 10 days or so.
Queen Victoria Agave

Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoriae-reginae) FAQ

Is the plant considered toxic or poisonous to people, kids, pets?

Take care to place your agave out of the reach of pets and children because the sap may be irritating, and the terminal spines on each leaf can cause injuries.

Is Victoriae–Reginae Considered Invasive?

This slow growing plant is dependent on very specific environmental conditions and is not considered invasive.

Will Agave Victoria Reginae die after it flowers?

tall during mid summer. This species dies after it flowers. Queen Victoria agave is native to parts of central Mexico where it is now in danger of extinction. In contrast, it is widely cultivated to meet the demand for ornamental plantings in residential and commercial landscapes.

How big does a Victoria agave get?

one to two feet tall.This rare, striking agave, named for Queen Victoria in England, forms a small, symmetrical, rosette of dark green foliage with white markings on the side of its toothless leaves. A sharp spine is apparent on the end of each leaf. It grows slowly to one to two feet tall and spreads eighteen inches wide.