Growing F. foetida is as simple a matter as keeping its soil drained and making sure it receives an adequate amount of sunlight.
These plants are drought resistant and need to be watered only infrequently in the wild, they often grow on rocks or cliffs and they prefer full sun.
If you are growing them in pots rather than your garden, make sure the soil stays fairly dry and repot if necessary.
- Light: Full sun is best, but F. foetida will do fine in light shade as well. These are good plants for a south-facing exposure or unobstructed east- or west-facing window.
- Water: Furcraea foetida are drought resistant due to their large root system: watering them infrequently (though more so during their bloom in summer and spring) will be fine. Be careful not to overwater. As with most succulents, standing water can be lethal.
- Soil: Well-draining succulent mix is crucial—too much water will kill these plants, and they should never be in water-logged soil or allowed to stand in a tray with water. The pH should be slightly acidic.
- Fertilizer: Furcraea will take either a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly fertilization with a weak liquid solution. Mature Furcraea needs a 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength, while younger ones need one with less nitrogen.