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Also known as
Lion's Tail Agave, Lion's Tail Agave, swan's neck, foxtail agave, agave blue flame and Agave attentuanta
How to care for Agave Attenuata
How often to water your Agave Attenuata
Agave Attenuata needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Lion's Tail Agave in your home
Agave Attenuata love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Agave Attenuata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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How to fertilize Agave Attenuata
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Agave Attenuata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Agave Attenuata is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Agave Attenuata thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Agave Attenuata requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Agave Attenuata prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Agave Attenuata is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Agave Attenuata grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Agave Attenuata to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Agave Attenuata is native to the Americas.
Agave Attenuata produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Agave Attenuata can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Agave Attenuata can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Care Summary for Agave Attenuata
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
This plant needs decent light. Maintenance commitment requires a power wash monthly to remove bugs. A good indicator is to peel your eye for spiders (which are good! They remove bugs) so the plant is not infested. Use a moisture meter to see how the plant / soil / pot reacts to watering which should be every 12-14 days.