variegated agave plant showing soft leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Fallbrook, Calif
Question by roncal
August 26, 2017
I have two variegated agave plants in my cactus bed... Of late their succulent leaves are showing signs of becoming spongy and twisted.....I have a drip system attached but I give them very little water (which is what I was told to do when I purchased them).....How can I correct this problem? I live in North County San Diego

Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

A comment from plantladylin
August 26, 2017
You state that you give them very little water but how often is the drip system supplying water? I think Agave are extremely drought tolerant plants and can go long periods without water. I wonder if perhaps the drip system needs to be adjusted to water only once every few weeks?

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
A comment from dave
August 26, 2017
Lin's asking the right questions. Agaves really almost never ever need water so we would want to know how much they are getting. Also, they require excellent drainage so that when they do get water, it quickly drains out.

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