Let's light this candle and go to Mars. The intense rust-red colour of this new Agave hybrid evokes its Red Planet namesake - without the dust storms and raging heat. Though Mangaves are pretty resilient and could probably grow up there if they put their mind to it! Those burgundy leaves need lots of light to keep their beautiful colour, so find a sunny spot for this one, unless you prefer the blue-green version.
DESCRIPTION: Mission to Mars is a hardy succulent with a thick arching rosette of leaves. Plant will appear almost all burgundy or blue-green with burgundy freckles depending on light levels and time of year. Leaf edges are lined with little spikes, and the leaf tip is sharp too. Mangave® is a new range of Agave hybrids, inheriting big bold shapes and resilient sturdiness from one parent, and fast growth and a wide range of colours and markings from the other. USE IN: Accent and specimen planting, landscaping and poolside, waterwise gardens, also suited to containers. PLANTING: Plant in full sun to part shade in free-draining soil, ideally sandy and light. Mangaves like lots of light; too little light will reduce leaf colour as well as growth rate. If you are planting in a pot choose one slightly wider than the width of the plant. Needs a temperature over 15C CARE: Water regularly but sparingly for faster growth, especially during the warmer months; water very little to keep your Mangave small. Fertilise yearly using a slow release fertiliser for succulents. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 20-30cm H x 30 - 60 cm W. YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide. Your plants may be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on. You can see an example in the image gallery.