Agave plants are best known as succulent plants with large leaves that end in spiny tips. There are also small dish-sized agaves, and agave plants with soft leaves and no spines, although most do have leaves that end in a sharp point.
All agaves do best in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil, and thrive on the scantest amount of water
Origin: Southwestern U.S. and Mexico
Height: 1 ft (30 cm)
Light: Bright light to full sun
Water: Water thoroughly in spring and summer, allowing the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings. Agaves are drought-tolerant because they store water. Overwatering in the winter is the most common reason for succulents to fail. Water sparingly in fall and winter when growth is slower, but do not allow soil to dry out completely. Never water the center of the rosette because this plant will easily rot. Water from the bottom or water the potting mix. Remember to always use room-temperature water when watering your plants.
Humidity: Average room (around 40% relative humidity); dry air isn't a problem with this desert native.
Temperature: Spring to fall, keep warm (70-90°F/21-32°C). In winter, cool (50-60°F/10-16°C).
Soil: Well-draining potting mix, such as cactus mix. Or mix 2 parts all-purpose potting mix with 1 part horticultural sand.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer specially made for succulents, diluted by half. Don't feed in fall and winter, when growth is slower.
Propagation: Remove offsets that grow at the base of the plant. Cut them off when they are 2-4 in (5-10 cm) high and pot them separately.