This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
The American Aloe or Century Plant (A. americana) is well known as a decorative subject in large tubs for outdoor decoration in summer, the variegated form with rich creamy-yellow stripes being most popular. In a small state young plants find a fairly good sale during the year. They are easily grown in a mixture of loam and old mortar rubble; and require but little water and attention, but must have plenty of sunlight. They may be raised by detaching suckers from the base of the old plants (fig. 259).
Fig. 259. - Agave americana.