Plant Care Swan's Neck

Swan's Neck

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Swan's Neck has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Swan's Neck 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 Swan's Neck

💦 Water

How often to water your Swan's Neck

Water needs for Swan's Neck
0.5 cups
every 12

Swan's Neck 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 Swan's Neck

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 Swan's Neck: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Swan's Neck love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Swan's Neck does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Swan's Neck in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Swan's Neck

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Swan's Neck 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

Swan's Neck 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

Swan's Neck 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

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.

Lion's Tail Agave Toxicity to Dogs →

💨 Humidity

Swan's Neck 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

Swan's Neck 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

Swan's Neck 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 Swan's Neck 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

Swan's Neck is native to the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Swan's Neck produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Swan's Neck can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lion's Tail Agave Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Swan's Neck 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 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.

Care Summary for Swan's Neck

Swan's Neck

Swan's Neck

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

Swan's Neck has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Swan's Neck has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Swan's Neck has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Swan's Neck has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@gazebbo avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,927 XP

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
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@tristian avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 86 XP

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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