Thanks for the advice re the "babies". BTW how can I tell if they are well
rooted? Do i cut down the stump?
But I'm curious, was I right to cut down the 60 ft stalk after it grew many
short branches near the top? Would it have toppled in a strong wind - which
we have each winter. It did seem top-heavy.
"Cereoid+1+" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
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> Why not take some more bad advice from your neighbor?
>> The "asparagus-like" stalk was to be the majestic inflorescence, the
> structure that the plant had spent a lifetime of growing building up
> just to produce.
>> As for the "babies", make sure they are well rooted in the soil and leave
> them alone.
>>> skip <heevay at att.net> wrote in message
> news:bkh19.9537$pg2.793011 at bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...> > I had a large, beautiful gray-green century plant that went through its
> > death cycle - sprouted an enormous asparagus-like stalk about 60ft high.
> > After a while I cut it down on the advice of my neighbor - he said it
> > topple on our fence or deck in a high wind and what he said seemed to
> > sense.
> > Now I have the stump about 3 ft high and I notice around the bottom some
> > very small, a bit weak-looking "babies" are growing. How to I encourage
> > them. Water? When? Cut down the stump or leave it?
> > I'm in Oakland Calif. - warm days, 45-55 at night.