Octopus Agave

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 4 Feet

Mirroring a happy-go-lucky octopus suspended in the azure shallows, Octopus Agave, or Agave vilmoriniana, is a drought-tolerant ornamental plant that has elongated, narrow evergreen leaves resembling an octopus’s tentacles. Originating from Mexico, this slow-growing succulent possesses benign spines that mark the tips of its verdant leaves. Its low maintenance and minimal watering needs make this lovely house plant the perfect option for any newbie gardener with minimal free time to spare.

Best Locations For Growing Octopus Agave

Octopus Agave requires bright to medium, indirect light; temperatures ranging from 73°F - 83°F during the day and 68°F - 72°F, in the evenings; and moderate humidity. Keep in mind that Octopus Agave is toxic to both people and pets.

Octopus Agave Sunlight Requirements

Octopus Agave prefers bright to medium indirect light. Position this plant in a south-facing, west-facing or east-facing window. If you notice sunburn on this succulent's "tentacles", make sure to set the plant a few feet away from any intense direct light.

Octopus Agave Care

Octopus Agave thrives in bright indirect light, average to high temperatures, and moderate humidity. It prefers loamy, acidic, and well-draining soil. An ideal pH range to aim for is 5.5 to 6.5. Use a good houseplant potting soil mixed 1:1 with peat moss, along with sand, pumice, perlite, or coco coir for drainage. Octopus Agave does not require frequent repotting. If you would like more versions of Octopus Agave to add to your plant collection, propagation can be done by using stems and offsets.

Watering Octopus Agave

This drought-tolerant perennial does not require frequent watering after it is established. Water this agave when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. Typically, this means watering about twice a month.

Feeding Octopus Agave

Once established, feed your Octopus Agave a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during this plant’s growing season, in the spring and summer months. Dilute the formula to 50% of the manufacturer’s recommended strength.

Octopus Agave Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 5-6 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Green-Yellow
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Blue, Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Glaucous Blue Green, Edged In Creamy Yellow
Temperature: 59° - 77°F (15° - 25°C)
Humidity: Dry
Common Name: Octopus Agave
Other Name(s): Octopus Agave
Scientific Name: Agave vilmoriniana
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.