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Century cactus [agave] problem

skip sherm0 at ix.netcom.com
Thu Apr 19 11:48:30 EST 2001

Yes, it produced a very large number of small offshoots in previous years
that threatened to overwhelm the plant, so I cut/pulled them out and cleaned
things up.  My concern is with this big beautiful agave. Will it die in the
flowering process and is there any way to stop the dying  e.g.., by cutting
out the big center shoot. But the center shoot is very large and quite
beautiful itself.  It looks like a giant asparagus from a monster movie.

Cereoid* <CEREOID at prodigy.net> wrote in message
news:9bmg3i$40mi$2 at newssvr06-en0.news.prodigy.com...
> If your plant is indeed Agave americana and not some other monocarpic
> species, it should produce numerous offsets around the base of the plant
> before and after flowering.
> "skip" <sherm0 at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:9blus8$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
> straight,
> > 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
> > above the plant.  I know that its is part of the flowering cycle,
> > it never flowered before.
> >
> > My question is, will the plant die after it flowers, and if so, is there
> > way to stop it from dying.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

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