If your plant is indeed Agave americana and not some other monocarpic
species, it should produce numerous offsets around the base of the plant
before and after flowering.
"skip" <sherm0 at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:9blus8$lmt$1 at nntp9.atl.mindspring.net...
> I have a very large beautiful century plant (American agave) in my back
> yard. Its probably been there at least 20 years. The leaves are
> gray-green and each is about 5 ft long.
>> A week or 2 ago, a large stalk started, looking like a giant asparagus,
> started growing up very quickly out of the middle. The stalk is now 4 ft.
> above the plant. I know that its is part of the flowering cycle, although
> it never flowered before.
>> My question is, will the plant die after it flowers, and if so, is there a
> way to stop it from dying.