Agave

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    hi everyone, I have a 45 year old Agave in a big pot out on a patio . In this current weather of very low temperatures and hard frosts , i have it covered with a old duvet cover . Is this enough ?
     
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    it wouldn't be enough where I am .I usually use fleece ,A couple of layers might add to the protection.
     
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    Well I have to ask where has it been for the last 44 winters. :biggrin:
    Well I'd remove the duvet as soon as temperatures rise above zero each day.
    I covered one of mine last night, but it looks slightly frozen this morning.
    Depends to some extent which species it is as some can take low temperatures better than others.

    I'd be wary of letting it freeze too much especially if it is wet at the root.
     
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      I do take it off when the temperature goes above 0, and the sun gets on it . Use to take it indoors over winter but now its to heavy to move !
       
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        Ok ,thanks for your advice .
         
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        It would help enormously if posters put their location on their profiles!
        I'd say that a duvet would offer more protection than thin horticultural fleece :noidea:
        Another solution would be to wrap it up in the totally dry duvet then make a 'tent' of strong plastic sheet or aluminium insulation (anything waterproof) well pegged down and leave it until frosts are finished.
        Agave americana will survive frost but looks a real mess come the spring. Good, thick gloves and a sharp knife required to cut away the damaged leaves!
         
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          It should be mandatory due to the type forum it is.
           
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            Agree.

            I thought that, and then spotted it was a duvet cover, still better than fleece until it gets sodden.

            I'm thinking the roots freezing could be a problem.

            One of mine is showing black spots already.
             
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              Hi , yes ,i have just that now , a duvet and plastic sheet on top . I sorry for not putting my location which is West Sussex on the coast . thanks for advice.
               
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                Have that now , a duvet and sheet on top ,sorry about location not showing , i am in west sussex on the coast. Thanks for advice .
                 
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                Mandatory, might as well be, everything else in this world seems to be these days;)
                 
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                  Fleece,duvet,straw etc with a big bin over the top.

                  Glad i saw this thread as id forgotten a couple in the greenhouse and it will be -7c tonight. Rescue time.
                   
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                    No need to apologise, ashley1234 :) It's a relief to know that you're not in the freezing wilds of Scotland! :biggrin: It sounds as though you're doing everything you can to get it through the winter. We'll all be crossing our fingers that it's not a really nasty one!
                     
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                    We only had -2 here ,and its warming up next week ,thanks for advice :)
                     
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                    Wewve gone down to -2 but next week is warming up. Thanks for replies.:)
                     
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