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Century cactus [agave] problem

Cereoid* CEREOID at prodigy.net
Thu Apr 19 06:00:49 EST 2001

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.

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