Help! My Agave attenuata(?) is looking a little jaundiced/chlorotic.
Leaves have a slight yellowish hue, veins are visible, and leaf tips are drying out and curled downwards.
It's grown in a clay pot, Eastern sunlight.
I water only when the soil is almost dry. No fertilizer. Maybe she's just hungry?
You've hit the nail on the head! I would say the same thing; a bit of feeding with some water soluble fertilizer might be just what the horticulturist ordered; keep in mind that you don't want the fertilizer to dry on the roots, so maybe a couple of extra waterings while the plant uptakes the nutrients will be best, as all fertilizer (even natural ones like compost tea) are salt.
Sometimes, all I do is sprinkle some work castings around the plant on the surface of the soil. Watering then releases tiny amounts of nutrients over a longer period, with much less risk of creating the same issues of burning the roots.
Judging from the size of the plant, and the size of the pot, it's probably time to transplant this guy; keep in mind that this will most likely trigger a growth spurt, which may or may not be a good thing.
The smaller the pot, the less growth they will put on, and cramping their toes can make them a little less unwieldy.
Just an observation, but if the soil you are using is organic, as it appears to be (what is that, bark mulch??) then stop this cruelty immediately!
Succulents of all descriptions don't have the ability to thrive in organic potting soil, they need lots of aggregate. Mix your regular potting soil half and half with pumice, gravel or perlite, or use a soil specifically for cactus.
Depending on where you live, and if you have access to an outdoor space, these plants thrive on a summer vacation outside.
Be careful introducing the plant to brighter conditions; although they originate in very hot and bright situations, suddenly exposing them to direct sunlight after being only in an eastern facing window can give them sunburn.
Happy Succulent Growing!
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