Agave “Century Plant”

Light: Agave excel with as much direct sun as possible, preferably in an unobstructed south- or west-facing window. They do best with this light intensity, though some “soft” leaved types can also do suitably well in softer sun, such as morning sun in an eastern exposure.

Water: Agave thrives on thorough watering separated by drought - so be sure to allow the soil to dry fully in-between watering. Watering will be less frequent in the winter months. It’s important to use a soil mix that is fast-draining mixed specifically for succulents.

Environment: If you have space for it, agave will thrive outside during the summer months. If you give them this seasonal location, be sure to introduce them slowly to avoid sunburn and clean thoroughly before returning indoors. Otherwise, Agave will enjoy a sunny window position and as arid plants, will not require any surplus humidity in the home.

Toxicity level: Dangerous. Ingestion or skin contact with sap is toxic to humans and pets.

Of note: 

  • Sometimes called “century plant,” because many species of agave take years to produce a single flower.
  • Agave, like most succulent plants, have a waxy, powdery-like coating on the leaves. This is for heat & light deflection, be careful to not rub it off. 
  • Some agaves are very spiky and sharp. Be careful!
    *When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.