Friday, September 7, 2012

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Clearly my Agave desmettiana, 'variegata' has decided that it does not want to spend another winter in the wheelbarrow in the garage! It has decided to leave this earthly life and hope that its offspring will fare better.


This morning I noticed that it is sending up a flower stalk. I have no idea how old the plant is. I only know it was a pup of a pup of an original plant, has spent its life in a pot until last summer when I put it in the ground. Not wanting to risk its life over the winter I removed it and put it in a wheelbarrow in the garage. I planted it again this spring. At least I won't have the dilemma of trying to decide whether to winter it in the garage or to risk leaving it in the ground.
It is both a sad and exciting time when an agave sends up a flower stalk. I checked on the internet to see what kind of flower to expect and lo and behold this agave has enjoyed some exposure in the media! Stay tuned for further developments which you can guarantee will be more than 6" a day.

12 comments:

  1. Yes it is kinda sad when these type plants flower. Exciting to see the blooms and sad to know it's the end. Have a great weekend! Carol

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  2. I am curious how soon after bloom the pups arrive!

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    1. The pups come before the flowering. This agave pups a lot although I removed all the ones from this one when I put it in the ground in the spring. Also, some agaves make pups on the flower stalk. Not sure what this one will do.

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  3. The photo makes it appear the spike is moving with growth. Coolish.

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    1. You are right. You can almost see them grow.

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  4. How exciting! I've had the regular type bloom but never a variegated one. Sadly, it decided to commence blooming during one of our tragically cold winters and the whole bloom stalk turned to mush. If you get it to bloom all the way through, you are rewarded with hundreds of tiny pups (bulbils?)! It's worth it!
    David/:0)

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    1. Oh dear. Sorry you missed the show. I think this one should make it in time.

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  5. Sad, but yet exciting all at the same time!

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    1. Now I have to have a re think about what to put in the bed.

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  6. How exciting, and bittersweet. I look forward to seeing updates about the bloom.

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