Plant Care Century Plant

Century Plant

4.5 out of 5 (10 experiences)

Century Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Century Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Century Plant

Century Plant is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 1459 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Century Plant likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

⚠️ Century Plant is not safe to consume. 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. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Agave americana
Agave
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Sentry Plant, Maguey and American Aloe

How to care for Century Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Century Plant

Water needs for Century Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Century Plant 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 Century Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Century Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Century Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Century Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Century Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Century Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Century Plant: 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 Century Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Century Plant 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 Century Plant →

Common Century Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Century Plant 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.

Century Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Century Plant 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 🏡.

Century Plant Light Requirements →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Century Plant is not safe to consume. 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. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Century Plant Toxicity to Cats →

Century Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Century Plant 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.


🪴 Soil

Century Plant 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Century Plant 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 Century Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Century Plant 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

Century Plant is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Century Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Century Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Century Plant grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Century Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Century Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Century Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Century Plant 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

How to Propagate Century Plant →


🧐 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 Century Plant. 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 Century Plant

Century Plant

Century Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Century Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Century Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Century Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Century Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@asslynn avatar
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Dallas, TX
09/12/2021

I decided to dip my toes into houseplants, he was one of my first plants and has survived for almost 3 months. Granted they’re fairly easy plants, but I have indeed killed some fairly easy plants.

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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 207 XP
04/28/2021

i cant wait till this plant gets to 5 feet high and wide

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 207 XP
04/28/2021

loves alot of sun and some water

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