Plant Care Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

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Agave Attenuata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Agave Attenuata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Lion's Tail Agave, Lion's Tail Agave, swan's neck, foxtail agave, agave blue flame and Agave attentuanta


Agave attenuata

How to care for Agave Attenuata

💦 Water

How often to water your Agave Attenuata

Water needs for Agave Attenuata
0.5 cups
every 12

Agave Attenuata needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Agave Attenuata

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Lion's Tail Agave in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Agave Attenuata: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Agave Attenuata in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Agave Attenuata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Agave Attenuata: repot after 2X growth

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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!

Benefits of Growing Lion's Tail Agave →

Common Lion's Tail Agave Problems →

💦 Water Needs

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.

Lion's Tail Agave Water Frequency →

Lion's Tail Agave Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 🏡.

Lion's Tail Agave Light Requirements →

Lion's Tail Agave Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Agave Attenuata is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Agave Attenuata is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

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Lion's Tail Agave Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

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.

Lion's Tail Agave Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

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!

Best Soil Mix for Lion's Tail Agave →

When and How to Successfully Repot Lion's Tail Agave →

💩 Fertilizer

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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Lion's Tail Agave →

❄️ Dormancy

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.

🌎 Native Region

Agave Attenuata is native to the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Agave Attenuata bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Lion's Tail Agave Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Agave Attenuata grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Lion's Tail Agave →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Agave Attenuata can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lion's Tail Agave Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Agave Attenuata can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Lion's Tail Agave →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Agave Attenuata. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

Greg recommends:


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

Agave Attenuata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Agave Attenuata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Agave Attenuata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Agave Attenuata has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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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.

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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Doesnt grow much but VERY easy to take care of. this thing refuses to die. have had it for at least 10 years and we have yet to change the soil or pot.

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