Plant Care Lion's Tail Agave

Lion's Tail Agave

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Lion's Tail Agave has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Lion's Tail Agave has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Lion's Tail Agave

Lion's Tail Agave is a 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 having large, lush leaves with a whopping 901 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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

Lion's Tail Agave belongs to the Agave genus, and is native to Mexico.

⚠️ Lion's Tail Agave 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. These plants are not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Taxonomy

Agave attenuata
Agave
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

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

How to care for Lion's Tail Agave

💦 Water

How often to water your Lion's Tail Agave

Water needs for Lion's Tail Agave
0.5 cups
every 12

Lion's Tail Agave 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 Lion's Tail Agave

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Lion's Tail Agave in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lion's Tail Agave: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Lion's Tail Agave love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Lion's Tail Agave does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Lion's Tail Agave in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Lion's Tail Agave

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lion's Tail Agave: 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 Lion's Tail Agave after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Lion's Tail Agave 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

Lion's Tail Agave 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

Lion's Tail Agave 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

Lion's Tail Agave 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. Lion's Tail Agave is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Lion's Tail Agave Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Lion's Tail Agave 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

Lion's Tail Agave 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!

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


💩 Fertilizer

Lion's Tail Agave 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Lion's Tail Agave 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

Lion's Tail Agave is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Lion's Tail Agave bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Lion's Tail Agave 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
Lion's Tail Agave 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 Lion's Tail Agave 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 Lion's Tail Agave. 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 Lion's Tail Agave

Lion's Tail Agave

Lion's Tail Agave


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

Lion's Tail Agave has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Lion's Tail Agave has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Lion's Tail Agave has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Lion's Tail Agave has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@gazebbo avatar
@@gazebbo
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,937 XP
06/24/2021

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.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@tristian avatar
@@tristian
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 86 XP
05/25/2021

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.

Survivor Survivor

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