How to grow Agave attenuata

Agave attenuata growing succulent leaf plant of the genus Agave also known as Lion’s tail or Foxtail agave, Agave attenuata perennial evergreen plant, the plant dies after the bloom and the young plant grow instead and also used as ornamental and medical plant also drought tolerant, can grow in desert, subtropical, mediterranean, tropic or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+, with the right care overwinter can grow in hardiness zone 9.

Leaves color green and can be variegata green with yellow, the leaves are fleshy, leaves grow in rosettes structure, the leaf in a spear shape.

Agave attenuata flower

Flower color is yellow, the flowers grow on stalk, the stalk with shape of foxtail

Agave attenuata for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy

Requirements for Agave attenuata growing and care:

Frost free, well-drained soil, better sandy soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (explanation bellow)/ Vegetative reproduction

How to propagate agave attenuate:
Propagation by cutting leaf, cut the leaves or cut in the base of the leaf with hand not anything sharp and wait at least 24 hours or if not cut in the base or it is stem need wait few days until and care the tissue will hill, after this put it in well-drained soil, and water it every few days to two weeks let in dry but not fully dry, after few weeks to month it start to grow root, cutting better to start in the late spring to early summer but always can do it indoor

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No but in order to get the variegata cultivar should start by daughter plant or cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sharp leaves

Recommended planting season?
All year, (in cold climate better in the spring)

Pests and diseases:
Agave snout weevil, snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves, dead mother plants and stalk

Size of the plant:
0.3-0.9m, 1-3 feet leaves, and the stalk 1.5-2m (5-6 feet)

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, let it dry between watering and better not to over water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when growing in containers need to choose container that 15% to 30 % bigger than the roots ball, if it’s fully grown also need to be bigger in order to have place for the daughter plants, also the drainage of the soil it’s important, but after few years drainage of the soil not function the same so need to change to new soil

Transplanting agave attenuata:
Better to use water to wash the soil, take part of the soil and pull the plant and let it dry

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower:
Yellow flowers grow on stalk

Pollination is done by:
Moths bats, sunbird, hummingbird


Agave attenuata variegata – green with yellow or white stripes can be that the leaf mostly white or yellow

How to grow agave attenuata seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sow in sunny location or with light, well ventilate and good drainage soil, put water to keep the soil moist but lightly moist and don’t let it fully dry

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Location with light and better sandy or well ventilated soil and also good drainage is important

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place in room temperature

Sowing season:
Better sowing in spring to summer (possible in autumn and winter in hot climate

Planting spacing:
20-30cm, (8-12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm, (0.25inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Light with moist soil and well ventilated soil

Scientific name:

Agave attenuate

Alternative names: Foxtail agave, lion’s tail, Swan’s neck, Foxtail plant

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