Plant your Agave attenuata ‘Ray of Light’ 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.
The leaf color and variegation of ‘Ray of Light’ may change depending on the light intensity. The green color can range from pale-green to blue-green and the contrast between the white and green variegation may be reduced to barely noticeable in shadier locations.
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 Agave attenuata varieties.
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 Variegated Fox Tail Agave may produce numerous pups from the base of the plant. For a tidy appearance or to maintain size, remove the offsets with pruners to divide and/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. ‘Ray of Light’ typically matures and blooms after several years (generally within 7-11 years) on a 5-10 ft. tall stalk.
Agave attenuata ‘Ray of Light’ is a patented agave known as 'AGAVWS' PP21854 (the patent expires in 2029). ‘AGAVWS’ is a natural mutation that was discovered in a greenhouse in New Zealand in 2003. It is one of the few variegated Agave attenuata selections that can be reproduced by tissue culture with somewhat stable results.