Agave (Century Plant)
Agave plants are succulents that belong to the Asparagaceae family. They are native to Mexico and the southwestern regions of the United States but are now grown worldwide due to their unique and striking appearance.
Agave plants can be grown both indoors or outdoors, depending on the species, but they all thrive in warm, sunny environments, free-draining soil and with minimal watering. Agave plants require minimal care and are relatively easy to maintain. Water the plant only when the soil is completely dry, as overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues.
Agave plants are relatively resistant to pests and diseases but some issues may arise. Regularly inspect your plants for any signs of pest or disease damage, such as yellowing leaves, distorted growth, or presence of pests, and take appropriate measures to control the issues.
Agave plants prefer a spot with full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. But they can tolerate a little shade. The hotter the climate is, the more shade they can handle.
Agave plants tolerate any well-draining soil but prefer rocky or sandy soil. Poor soil drainage can lead to root rot, killing a plant. Moreover, they like a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.
Mature agave plants are very drought tolerant. You generally only need to water them if you've had a long stretch without rainfall and the soil is completely dry. However, when establishing a plant, water it every four or five days for the first month. Then, water once a week, and gradually space watering to every other week, depending on rainfall.
Temperature and Humidity
Most of agaves prefer a climate with low humidity. High humidity can lead to crown rot on the plant.
Feeding typically isn't necessary for agave plants. Feeding encourages flowering, which you don't want to happen too soon because most agave plants die after flowering.