Century cactus [agave] problem

Cereoid* CEREOID at prodigy.net
Thu Apr 19 19:47:22 EST 2001


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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