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The tender plants we stash in the garage or shed are not growing much right now and don't need a lot of water. A great example is a cold-tender agave you're protecting, but it also applies to any of the tropicals, too.
The succulents, like agaves, euphorbias and others, don't need water at all this winter. Because they're succulent, they will rot with too much water. They are not growing right now, so are not using the water that you give them. It's best to err on the side of caution and water them less then you think you might need to. The same thing applies to kalanchoes and aloes. If the pot is really light to pick up, you can add a little water. If it's heavy, do not. Again, it's better to err on the dry side, rather than the wet one.
With other plants, like bougainvilleas and plumerias, they don't need water at this time. Let them be dormant until it's time to bring them back outside in a few months.