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  • Low-Water Needs
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light)
  • Aquatic Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 18 inches

One of the most attractive Agave varieties, the Quadricolor Agave (Agave univittata ‘Quadricolor’, Quadricolor Century Plant) is a succulent with bright, attractive foliage. The leaves, reaching up to 12 inches long, are arranged in a tight rosette and contain the four colors that give this plant its name: a light-green midrib, followed by stripes of dark green and bright yellow, edged with stark, reddish teeth. Kept in a bright window, this succulent requires little care and infrequent watering, making it an easy yet colorful addition to a plant collection. 

Best Locations For Growing Quadricolor Agave 

The Quadricolor Agave needs as much light as you can give it when grown indoors. Place this plant in a bright living room or bedroom window to add a pop of color or provide some desert-y, Southwest vibes to a room. When clustered with other plants, the Quadricolor Agave really stands out, adding a different texture and bright colors not commonly found in other indoor plants. While this Agave is considered pet safe, its sap can cause irritation in both humans and pets, so care should be taken when moving, pruning, and watering. 

Quadricolor Agave Sunlight Requirements

Place the Quadricolor Agave in a south- or west-facing window where it can get direct all-day or afternoon sun. In warmer climates, this plant is grown as a full-sun perennial, so it will thrive in very bright light and can even be brought outdoors when temperatures are above 65°F. Like other indoor succulents, the Quadricolor Agave tends to lean toward a light source, so be sure to rotate its pot every few days to keep growth even. 

Quadricolor Agave Care

Succulents generally prefer to be kept in the same pot for a few years, minimizing excess soil around their roots and allowing them to dry out in between waterings. After Quadricolor Agave has outgrown its pot, place it in a pot only an inch or two larger with drainage holes, using well-draining succulent and cactus soil. It is normal for the lowest leaves of Agave to dry up as the plant grows, so trim them off as needed. 

Watering Quadricolor Agave

The Quadricolor Agave stores water in its plump leaves, an adaptation from its origins in deserts and the subtropics. Because of this, Agaves can go about a month indoors before needing additional water (and even longer in the winter). Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering. When watering succulents, you may need to add water to the pot a few times before the dry soil is able to retain water. One way to tell that Agave (and other succulents) need water is by feeling their leaves; freshly watered, succulent leaves will be firm and plump, and they will become more pliable and wrinkled with time as the plant taps into its water reserves to survive. 

Feeding Quadricolor Agave

Quadricolor Agave will appreciate monthly applications of a cactus or succulent fertilizer. Add liquid fertilizer to the water you will be watering your plant with in the spring and summer months when plants are growing the most. Be sure to follow dilution specifications; since succulents are watered infrequently, high concentrations of fertilizer can easily burn the plants roots and leaves. Fertilizing the Quadricolor Agave in the winter is not necessary as the growth rate will be significantly slower.

Quadricolor Agave Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Greenish-Yellow
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Dark Green Leaves Edged with Yellow
Temperature: 59° - 77°F (15° - 25°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Quadricolor Agave
Other Name(s): Agave Quadricolor, Quadricolor Century Plant
Scientific Name: Agave univittata
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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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