Plant Care Mescal


Also known as

Century plant or maguey, Century plant or maguey, Desert agave, Century plant and Maguey


Agave deserti

How to care for Mescal


How often to water your Mescal

Water needs for Mescal
0.5 cups
every 12

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

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

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Mescal in New York

New York, New York

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Growing Mescal in New York right now

Light needs for plant Mescal in New York

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 2nd, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Mescal in New York

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 28.8% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

New York is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to decrease by 28.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.4 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Mescal in New York

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, New York is getting an average of 7.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.1 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Century plant or maguey in your home

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

Mescal love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New York ⛅.

Mescal does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Mescal

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

When to repot Mescal

Nutrient needs for plant Mescal in New York

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 2nd, 2021

The growing potential in New York is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Mescal


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in New York, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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