Agave is native to hot and rapid regions. Agave is well known for its large rosette form. This type of succulent can survive well under high heat, harsh sunlight, and minimal watering condition. Agave species are excellent for containers, indoors or outside.
Agave can be mistaken for Aloe, however, its triangular-shaped leaves are larger than Aloes. The size of them can vary between a few inches and 20 feet in diameter. The spikes in Agave’s leaf margin are painfully sharp and also tougher, while Aloe’s spikes are softer and less dense.
To further confirm your plant identification, perform the “snap” test: snip a leaf, bisect it, and examine. If you find fibrous tissue inside, the succulent is agave. The fibrous texture makes Agave leaves super sturdy and requires the use of sharp tools to cut them open.
The blooming habit of Agave is also different from Aloe. Most Agave is monocarpic and they only bloom once in a lifetime. After blooming, your plant will die as its reproduction circle completes. However, you don’t have to get so worked up about this since Agave bloom only happens after 10 or 20 years of growth.
Agave plants love places that have full sun, but they can tolerate a little shade.
We always recommend using well-draining soil for your succulents, but Agave would prefer soil that is more rocky or sandy soil. Poor soil drainage can lead to root rot, which can kill a plant.
Water your succulent deeply every time the soil is completely dry. Tip to check the soil moisture: Insert your finger in the soil to the second knuckle. If it feels wet then it’s not time to water yet.
When it comes to propagating an Agave succulent, it’s like a piece of cake. Agaves start readily, even those lacking roots. Simply set it atop cactus-mix soil and keep it out of direct sunlight while growing roots. Once rooted, an agave is able to hydrate its tissues and can handle more sun.
See more of our General Care Guide for Agave to see some of the tips in action.