Plant your Agave attenuata in well-draining soil. Use a porous soil like Kellogg Palm & Cactus Mix to mix with your native soil or use straight out of the bag as a potting mix for patio containers. In coastal gardens, plant in full sun. In hotter, inland gardens, provide light shade in the hot afternoons to help prevent leaf burn.
After planting, thoroughly water to help the soil settle around the roots. Water as needed when the soil is completely dry. This agave looks better with regular to occasional irrigation. Protect plants from snails, they love the soft tissue of the Fox Tail Agave.
This frost-tender agave will get damaged if temperatures fall below 32℉. Fatality may occur if temperatures drop below 28℉. Consider a site that is protected from frost, or move plants to a warmer area if night temperatures should drop below freezing.
The Fox Tail Agave is a prolific pupper, producing numerous suckers or pups from the base of the plant. Removal of pups is recommended to maintain the size of the colony and for a tidy appearance. Use pruners to divide or dispose of pups. They are easiest to remove when they are young and small.
Agaves are monocarpic plants, which means they only flower once when they reach maturity. The rosette will eventually die when the flower is done blooming. The plant can remain in flower for a long period of time. The remaining offsets or pups will continue to grow until they mature and flower.
Agave attenuata typically matures and blooms after several years (generally around 7-10 years) on a 6-12 ft. tall stalk. It will also produce bulbils (baby plants) along the flower stalk after blooming.