Q. Is Agave Cold Hardy Enough To Grow In Victoria?
Is agave plant cold hardy enough to winter outdoors here in Victoria by? Thanks.
A.All plants have a hardiness zone that indicates their ability to withstand the average winter temperature in an area. Hardiness zones vary from cold areas numbers, 0 and 1, all the way to 11-12 which represent warm tropical areas. The Lower Mainland is a 7, Victoria is slightly warmer perhaps 7b or even a tender 8. That means you can grow some things that may or may not survive here in Metro Vancouver. Most Agaves are hardy to zones 5-6, but always check the hardiness your particular species. While this may sound counter intuitive, most deserts are extremely warm during the day, and can get very cold at night. This is what Agave's are used to. Our problem in the Pacific Northwest is that we are too wet. If you plan on keeping your agaves outside year round, you need to ensure that they have extremely well draining soil. I would even venture to say an almost pure sand/gravel mix.
Posted: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Tags: agave, hardiness, desert plants, growing agave