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Century cactus [agave] problem

skip sherm0 at ix.netcom.com
Sat Apr 21 15:53:33 EST 2001


I'm in Northern Calif where there's quite a bit of rain, a least from Oct to
May.  So this agave would be getting much more rain than in a semi-desert
area.  Would that influence its life (death?!) cycle?


Cereoid* <CEREOID at prodigy.net> wrote in message
news:9bo0hf$32e6$2 at newssvr05-en0.news.prodigy.com...
> You should save some of the plantlets.
>
> The main plant itself will die after flowering. There is nothing you can
do
> to stop it. Just enjoy the large candelabra-like flower stems and night
> blooming flowers when you can. It may be a long time before you see it
> again.
>
>
> "skip" <sherm0 at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:9bn4q1$iit$1 at nntp9.atl.mindspring.net...
> > 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
> > 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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