Agave tequilana 'Sunrise'
Agave tequilana 'Sunrise' (Sunrise Tequila Agave)
Agave tequilana 'Sunrise' (Sunrise Tequila Agave) is a succulent, up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, with open rosettes of light grayish-green leaves with light…
Agave tequilana ‘Sunrise’ – Succulent plants
Agave tequilana ‘Sunrise’ is an attractive, medium to large Agave, up to 1.8 m tall, with open rosettes of light grayish-green leaves with light yellow bands along the edge. The leaf margin is armed with small teeth which are sharp and yellow. The leaves are gradually narrow at the tip and end in a sharp, dark brown terminal spine. Stiff, erect leaves are arranged in an open rosette. The green flowers with pink stamens are arranged along a branched inflorescence.
Scientific Name: Agave tequilana ‘Sunrise’
Synonyms: Agave tequilana ‘Variegata’, Agave tequilana ‘Tequila Sunrise’
Common Names: Sunrise Tequila Agave
How to grow and maintain Agave tequilana ‘Sunrise’:
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. A south or south-east facing window works great.
It prefers to grow in well-drained soil. Use standard succulent or cacti potting mix.
It prefers warm spring and summer temperatures 70ºF/21ºC – 90ºF/32ºC and cooler fall and winter temperatures 50ºF/10ºC – 60ºF/15ºC.
In spring, water this plant when the top inch of soil is totally dry. Don’t let the soil become completely dry. In the winter and fall, when growth is suspended, water very lightly. Too much water can cause root rot or cause the leaves to become pale and flop.
Fertilize with a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer. Do not feed during fall and winter.
It can be easily propagated from offshoots which is the fastest and most reliable method of agave plant production. Agave plants put out offshoots from the base of the mother plants that are easily removed to start a new plant. Growing agave from seed produces a large number of plants quickly. A moist, sterile soil mix containing equal parts perlite and sphagnum peat is ideal for germinating seeds in a warm location with indirect light. The soil must stay lightly moist until the plants are established. A clear plastic covering helps keep the soil moist during the two to three weeks until the seeds sprout, then a daily misting keeps the seedlings moist until ready to transplant.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Watch for mealybugs and scale.
Published by Daniel Mosquin on December 21, 2011
Today’s photographs, from a couple different sites in Mexico, are courtesy of retired UBC Botanical Garden staff member, David Tarrant. I sent a request to David for images of Agave tequilana for the “Botany and Spirits” series, and he was glad to share. Thanks again, mi amigo–I wish I could have made a longer entry today from your photographs, but have run out of time today.
Unsurprisingly (given the scientific name), these blue agave (or agave azul) plants are being grown for the production of tequila. This gives us a presumptive clue as to the location of the photographs, as only plants harvested from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas can be used to generate the spirit marketed under that moniker. Tequila is a specific type of mezcal, and if I have misidentified these plants or identified them correctly but the plants are being grown elsewhere, then they are being used for the production of a different mezcal instead.
Tequila agave are members of the asparagus family? Hmm. Two things you may need to be an adult to develop a taste for.
I always learn something interesting from your pics of the day. Thanks so much and may you have the best of all good things in the coming year. Thanks for making this such a wonderful place to visit.
Wonderful and accurate explanation of the Tequila story. . .I am imbibing the liqueur as I write. It is nectar. Happy Christmas!
I look forward to opening my day with opening the Botany of the Day photos and stories. They are a wonderful, beautiful way to spread message about what the world of botany means to us on so many levels. Thanks for taking the time to organize and produce this. It’s terrific!
Daniel. I would just like to add a comment along with those from all your other global community of ‘Botany Photo of the Day’ viewers.
Thank you for your diligence in bringing us these images and insights into the world of plants.Long may you and your team keep up this important and necessary work.
And just as an aside. Again to all who view this sight. Do come to Mexico to see the amazing diversity of plant life this country has to offer.
Thank you to you, your staff, UBC students and contributors. Botany Photo of the Day is such a delightful event in my busy workday. I hope to be able to visit the UBC gardens one day.
Tequila, on the evening before Thanksgiving, is the reason why I am about ready to propose to my future wife. What happened to me?
For this series you ought to give us a potato as a Swedish Christmas smorgasbord is unthinkable with a flavored snaps to accompany at least the herring dishes. Happy Christmas to you all
we ladies have placed you under the kissing ball daniel
where we can say thank you and give you a virtual smooch
Thank you for a year of wonderful photos and the education that comes with the commentary. And thank you to the readership for having such consistently PLEASANT, UPBEAT, LITERATE and EDUCATIONAL comments.
Grow Your Choice of Agave
When growing agave plants, you can decide which ones you would like to plant depending on:
- How many feet tall and wide you’re looking for
- The weather conditions in your area
- Whether your preferred agave can withstand the temperatures
The care is minimal as planting agave means growing some of the easiest types of succulents.
You can pair them with other succulents such as aloe vera or use them as accent pieces in your garden.
But that’s not all you can do. Your garden is a place full of possibilities and all you need is great advice on how to transform it to your liking.
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