New Agave Makes the Best Tequila

Rancho Tissue Technologies has just released Weber’s Blue Agave, a wonderful plant used to make the best tequilas.

Agave tequilana is an excellent choice for growers looking to replant their fields after pulp extraction.Agave tequilana

This is a fast-growing agave that grows to 5 feet tall and wide with 3 to 4 foot long narrow leaves of a beautiful shade of blue gray and brown sharp terminal spine and margin teeth. It sends out pumps, both near the plants base and several feet away on rhizomes, so give it some room. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate very little.

This plant needs to be grown where temperatures do not drop below 25°F or even below 27°F for extended periods so it is likely limited to southern California coastal areas or the low desert. This is the plant used in the Jalisco, Mexico as the base ingredient of the distilled spirit called Tequila where it has been cultivated since before the Spanish arrived. Other products derived from this plant include aguamiel and pulque.

It is considered a domesticated species without any wild populations known to exist. In Jalisco this plant is grown in well drained soils at moderate altitudes of 4,500 feet or higher.

New Agave attenuata ‘Boutin Blue’ Gets Attention

Rancho Tissue Technologies has added a new Agave attenuata that everyone’s talking about. ‘Boutin Blue’ is a great cultivar produced in tissue cultureAgave Boutin Blue for year round availability.

It is much bluer and has wider leaves than the typical A. attenuata, and the flower stalk is erect, where A. attenuata droops over. Culture and growth patterns are otherwise similar to the species.

Grows to about 3-4 feet tall by as wide. Hardy to about 28 degrees F. Previously known as Agave attenuata ‘Huntington Blue’ and Agave attenuata ‘Nova’.

LA Times Calls RTT Agaves “Small Garden Wonders”

Recent LA Times coverage featured Rancho Tissue Technologies’ “boutique agaves,” tapping them as some of the most interesting varieties and calling these petite selections perfect for patio pots and small gardens.

Los Angeles Times- L.A. at Home
Design, Architecture, Gardens,
Southern California Living
January 2, 2010

Boutique agaves: Low-water plants for your patio pots

Los Angeles Times- Living
By Debra Lee Baldwin
January 2, 2010

Petite agaves are small-garden wonders
The colorful low-water boutique plants are perfect for patio pots.

Two new Agaves added to Availability

Rancho Tissue is a pleased to announce that Agave titanota ‘Black and Blue’ and Agave parryii truncata variegated ‘Lime Streak’ have both been released for sale.
Orders are being taken now on both of these exciting new plants. Both are produced in our lab here in Rancho Santa Fe so you will have year round availability of these plants as well as all of our other gorgeous selections.

Two new Agaves added to Availability

Rancho Tissue is a pleased to announce that Agave titanota ‘Black and Blue’ and

Agave parryii truncata variegated ‘Lime Streak’ have both been released for sale.

Orders are being taken now on both of these exciting new plants. Both are produced

in our lab here in Rancho Santa Fe so you will have year round availability

of these plants as well as all of our other gorgeous selections.

 

 

 

Rancho Tissue Introduces the Rancho Collection

Introducing the Rancho Collection (click here to view images of the 12 plants in the first release): Rancho Tissue Technologies has introduced the Rancho Collection, an exclusive selection of varieties hand picked or bred specifically for the company.

“These varieties are carefully chosen for their unique and distinctive features,” says Owner and Founder Heather May. “Our breeder/curator Kelly Griffin worked with our specific goals in mind to create or choose the best varieties so growers and homeowners alike will be happy.”

The Collection includes varieties such as Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, distinguished by its leaf cupping, which is much more intense than in standard ovatifolia selections. Differences like this will help growers stocking the Rancho Collection differentiate from their competitors.

In addition to ‘Vanzie’, the Rancho Collection’s inaugural varieties include five more Agaves, ‘Blue Flame’, ‘Blue Glow’, ‘Cameron Blue’, ‘Dragon Toes’ and ‘Globe’; plus two Aloes, ‘Violet’ and ‘Delta Lights’; two Dyckias, ‘Brittle Star’ and ‘Burgundy Ice’; and two Echeverias, ‘Purple Afterglow’ and ‘White Cloud’.

All Rancho Collection varieties are produced by tissue culture for superior uniformity and consistency. Watch for more selections in the Collection coming soon.

New Agaves Inspire Sales

Two new Agaves from Rancho Tissue are sure to drive sales for growers everywhere.

AgavepygmaeDragonToes1Produced from tissue culture, Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ was chosen for its red tips and chunky thick leaves. Also each leaf of this seed selection has a very distinct imprint on it, which imparts even more drama to the plant. This dwarf blue Agave is great for small gardens. Plants only grow to 12″ max.

AgaveBlueFlame1Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ was named for both the blue in its foliage and the shape of the plant, which resembles a gas flame with its gracefully incurved leaf tips. Produced from tissue culture, this is a beautiful succulent that forms clumps with rosettes that individually are 2 1/2 feet tall by to 3 feet wide. Older clumps build up to form large dense masses to up to 5 feet tall or more. The flexible blue-green leaves feature spineless margins and only a terminal spine. The blue cast to the leaves forms from a waxy cuticle that covers the surface. Plant in full sun except in hot inland and desert gardens, where light shade will prevent scorching of the foliage. Irrigate little or regularly for more vigor. Hardy to at least 25 F.

Rancho Tissue Hits California Grown Show

Rancho Tissue Technologies recently showed the latest varieties and tissue culture developments at the California Grown Show June 2.

Held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, the wildly successful California Grown Show showcases the more than 5,000 flower, plant and tree varieties produced in the state.

Pictured are Rancho Tissue Founder Heather May and Office Manager Clare Henry.

For more information on any Rancho Tissue’s California-grown varieties, e-mail info@ranchotissue.com or call 858-756-6785.

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