Crested Molded Wax Agave

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Echeveria agavoides f. cristata (Crested Molded Wax Agave)

Echeveria agavoides f. cristata (Crested Molded Wax Agave) is a small succulent plant that develops attractive fans of apple green spikes…

Crested Molded Wax Agave - garden

Origin and Habitat: Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Accepted name in llifle Database:
Echeveria agavoides f. cristata hort.

Description: The standard Echeveria agavoides is a stemless, star-shaped rosette of fat leaves up to 20 cm in diameter. It is often solitary, growing offsets only slowly or not at all. is a variable plant some forms have reddish tips and some forms have slightly red to very red margins. This is a relatively common species, and quite fast for an Echeveria. It has also been widely used in hybridizing.
Stem: Very short (almost stem less) 3-5 cm tall, 2,5-3 cm in diameter.
Leaves: ± 20, ovate-deltoid accuminate, moderately keeled, with rounded margin, 4-8 cm long, 3 cm wide near base, ± 5 mm thick, satiny translucent light apple-green that in summer tend to assume a red colouring. Leaves are at their brightest from autumn to spring. The leaves shows a well-marked phyllotaxis. Five curves in one direction and eight curves in the opposite direction (Parastichy number 5-8)
Flowers: Conoid-urceolate, pinkish-red wit petals tipped with dark yellow on an inflorescence 50 cm tall. Peduncle 8-25 mm long,
Blooming season: Summer.
Crested form: The beautiful crested form develops fans of frosty green spikes tipped in red.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Echeveria agavoides group

  • Echeveria agavoides" href='/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/14325/Echeveria_agavoides'> Echeveria agavoides Lem. : Produces stemless, star-shaped rosette of fat leaves up to 20 cm in diameter. It is often solitary or growing offsets only slowly. It is a variable plant.
  • Echeveria agavoides f. cristata" href='/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/14345/Echeveria_agavoides_f._cristata'> Echeveria agavoides f. cristata hort. : The beautiful crested form develops fans of frosty green spikes tipped in red.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Aquamarine" href='/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/14344/Echeveria_agavoides_cv._Aquamarine'> Echeveria agavoides cv. Aquamarine : has icy emerald-green leaves.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Corderoyi (E.Morren) Kimnach : Leaves more numerose (60-70), smaller, narrower, greyer, perhaps no longer in cultivation.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Ebony Kimnach & Trager : has dark brown edges, almost burgundy becoming more pronunced during cool wether.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Lipstick : has red leaf edges.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Multifida (E.Walther) Kimnach : with bright red leaves margins.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Prolifera (E.Walther) Kimnach : It produces rosettes with 30 (or more) greenish-yellow leaves, freely branching that forms soon large clumps.
  • Echeveria agavoides cv. Red Edge E.Walther

Echeveria agavoides f. cristata Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Echeveria agavoides f. cristata Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Echeveria agavoides f. cristata Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Echeveria agavoides f. cristata Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
Echeveria agavoides f. cristata Photo by: Cactus Art

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Cultivation and Propagation: Echeveria are easily grown succulents that can tolerate sun, shade, moist soils, dry soils, but look their best only when given adequate light levels and water, and ideally should be grown outdoors in full sun. Generally speaking, the more light a plant gets the better it will display its colours and shape. Bright light is required to prevent "stretching" of Echeverias ("stretching" occurs when a moderately fast growing plant such as an Echeveria, is grown in dim light or over-fertilized, which causes overly lush growth that contributes to weak, pallid plants). However, when moving plants from lower light conditions into full sun, be wary of sun scorch resulting from too rapid a transition into intense summer sunlight, most easily avoided by ensuring plants are well-watered before moving them on a cloudy day. Echeveria are able to tolerate extended dry periods and survive drought without the need for watering, but they will grow stronger if they receive adequate moisture during their growing season, but never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged (root rot sensitive). For this reason, it is essential in cultivation to use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Avoid overhead watering under humid conditions, especially during winter. Echeveria are shallow rooted plants, and therefore benefit from good levels of organic matter in the soil. Give it enough root space for optimum growth. Slow release fertilisers with a low to moderate nitrogen content incorporated into the potting mix are usually adequate for the spring and summer growing seasons of Echeveria, and additional fertiliser applications would not normally be required until spring. Good air movement is important for minimising pest and disease risks, and avoiding excessive humidity in cool winter conditions is important to successfully growing Echeveria in the nursery environment. Can tolerate light frosts. however, the ideal temperature range during the summer growing season is 5-25°C, with the cooler autumn temperatures tending to make their foliage colours become more intense than those of the active summer growing season. Aphids like this plant (and all flowering Echeverias).
Crested growth: Unlike 'monstrose' varieties of plants, where the variation from normal growth is due to genetic mutation, crested growth can occur on normal plants. Sometimes it's due to variances in light intensity, or damage, but generally the causes are unknown. A crested plant may have some areas growing normally, and a cresting plant that looks like a brain, may revert to normal growth for no apparent reason. If you have any of the crested part left you need to remove the normal growth and leave the crested part behind this will need to be done regularly.
Propagation: Usually by division of larger clumps.

Molded Wax (Echeveria agavoides) – Succulent plants

Molded Wax (Echeveria agavoides) is a stemless, rosette-forming succulent plant, grows up to 5 inches tall, with a star-shaped rosette of fat leaves up to 8 inches in diameter. The apple-green leaves are triangular, with reddish edges and a terminal spine. The inflorescences in summer appear on slender, single-sided cymes up to 20 inches long. The flowers are pinkish-red with petals tipped with dark yellow.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Scientific Name: Echeveria agavoides
Synonyms: Cotyledon agavoides, Echeveria obscura, Echeveria yuccoides, Urbinia agavoides, Urbinia obscura.
Common Names: Molded Wax, Molded Wax Agave, Carpet Echeveria.

How to grow and maintain Molded Wax (Echeveria agavoides):

It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.

It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with all-purpose potting mix.

Water Echeveria plant regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.

It prefers an average summer temperature of 65ºF / 18ºC – 70ºF / 21ºC. In winter, cool to 50ºF / 10ºC.

Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.

Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before re-potting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

It can be easily propagated by seeds, offsets or leaf cuttings in spring. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.

All About Wax Agave

Zones 9-11 are best for this native Mexican plant. Echeveria agavoides thrives in a warm and dry environment. It grows well in containers – especially when it needs to be brought in during cold weather.

In late spring and summer, mature wax Echeverias grow pink and yellow flowers. These blooms grow on lanky stems four times the height of the plant.

The wax agave plant is usually a solitary rosette. It rarely grows offsets, so plant it with other succulents if you want a fuller look.

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