Agave potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ is a small succulent that forms beautiful compact rosettes of fleshy dusty-blue leaves. It produces offsets to form a small clump. Rosettes grow up to 12 cm in diameter. Leaves have few short marginal spines and a reddish, slightly twisted terminal spine.
How to Grow and Care for Agave potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’
Light: Like all Agaves, this plant requires full sun to partial shade. If you are growing A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun as possible. From spring to fall, it loves going outside.
Soil: A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but its preference is sandy or rocky soil.
Hardiness: During the growing season, it likes warm temperatures, while in winter, when resting, this succulent enjoys cooler temperatures. A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ can withstand temperatures as low as -3.9 to 10 °C, USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: From spring to fall, water thoroughly when the soil becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.
Fertilizing: Give your A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years. Established plants seem to take care of themselves.
Repotting: If you notice your A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ becoming pot-bound, repot it with fresh soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one. Give the plant a week or so to readjust before you water it again.
Propagation: Since it can take years to produce seeds, A. potatorum ‘Shoji-Raijin’ is usually propagated by offsets. The best time to remove the offsets is in spring and summer. Sow the seeds in spring.