Deana, I have an agave Americana that is almost 30 years old in my garden in Italy. Agave angustifolia (Caribbean Agave) Now this is an unusual Agave! When this topples, it efficiently propells the offspring to the earth. However, gr… Debra. and putting a very small amount of tension on the stalk so that it will fall in the yard and spread its little babies, how long after the tall stalk of the plant starts , does it take for the full bloom to appear. It is very beautiful plant and interesting to watch this happen, but sad to find out it is going to die. Taxonomy. Can I cut it down now? Can I force the plant to flower? Cultivation: Description: It is a small-medim sized … Yes, your attenuatas will die after blooming. I would like to share our shock and joy with this plant. there are already lots of pups around the sides. The stalk, now about 5 feet tall, has grown a foot a week and is as yet unbranched. Genus: Agave. Caribbean Agave, Mescal Agave, Century Plant, Narrow-Leaved Century Plant, Maguey, Agave elongata, Agave lespinassei, Agave wightii, Agave wrightii, Agave yaquiana, Agave zapupe, Agave vivipara (misapplied), Family: Asparagaceae I’m sure it will be many years before I have the experience, but I can quite imagine the bittersweet in the advent of an agave bloom. Patricia. sheesh. Now I am moving it outside my post so that the spike can grow freely. Botanical Name: Agave angustifolia The leaves of the Carribean agave are pale green in color with a creamy margin and grow up to 2 feet long. Agave americana‘s stalk is about the diameter of a telephone pole and nearly as tall. Description Agave angustifolia is a succulent plant, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, that forms a large rosette of narrow, stiffly erect leaves with moderately-spaced spines. We are lucky: when our very large agave bloomed 6 years ago we cut off the flower spike (after the flowers had developed) and the parent lived! This is the main species in the genus … Agave angustifolia is a succulent plant that grows up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, forming large rosettes of narrow, stiffly, erect leaves with moderately-spaced spines. Check out for more ideas. One of the reasons I bought my home in Scottsdale, AZ was because of the beautiful sculpture like agave plants out front. Much to my amazement, only days after cutting it, another Agave in my front yard, (different species) is beginning to bloom! Felicitas von Ostau. My agave sisalinia is sending out a bloomstalk now-its about 30 feet and the flower buds aren’t open yet! They are just amazing. Correct??? Assume that original plant will die after blooming. Can I use the agave blooms for cooking i.e. Subscribe now and be up to date with our latest news and updates. A favorite is blue Senecio Mandraliscae. It blooms itself to death (but it’s also supremely easy to replace, as it’s sold in most supermarkets, in fact, I’ve given it the common name “supermarket kalanchoe.”) If it’s color you’re after, aloes have spectacular blooms in midwinter, and the leaves of some will redden in full sun. Narrowleaf agave is a long-lived evergreen perennial native from Sonora, Mexico southward to Costa Rica. At its base grow pups of the mother plant. Debra. trunks from the base of the plant with yellow flowers. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. We inherited two of these plants in large pots when we bought the house. Debra–Thank you for such an informative and beautiful post. After all, foliage is so important. Oak Park, Illinois, USA, 18th July, 2013. Hi, I loved the agave article.i live in Miami &love these plants. I think they still look pretty neat but have decided to cut them off. If you're in Southern CA, see my list of succulent nurseries and destinations. Also have a large clump of regular agave attenuata nearby that has never bloomed; planted early 1980’s. I just went to bush gardens & they had some nice huge 6fters. If you let it bloom, new little plants will form along the spike once the flowers are finished. She must have been about five of six years old when I planted her five years ago. Some agaves bloom at a height up to 9 m (30 ft) so that they are far out of reach to animals that might attack them. It is also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. Pacifica”, is a succulent, evergreen cactus plant, native to Mexico and Central America. Hardy in Phoenix, this agave grows to 3 ft. in diameter. They dry and last for a very long time. I’ve never heard of the term “monocarpic”. wow! Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views. Hi, Susie — I like the wickedly long and tapered tips of Agave potatorum. Thank you, Carol, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Debra. I guess it can happen anywhere. Also as the trunks are 4-5 inches in diameter is there any need to put a treatment on the sawn part? The agave stalk can be harvested and then placed in a heavy pot to by displayed as a piece of yard art. It’s like a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy. You also can remove any pups and replant them—they’ll root easily. Hi, Lisa — I hope I eventually harvest some babies, but the bloom stalk just keeps getting taller and has yet to branch. Agave nectar and pollen are major food sources on the northernmost and southward legs of the bats' migratory routes. None of these agaves are (or were) in my garden except for the small one in the first and last photos. Hi, Michael — It doesn’t matter where you saw off the spent rosettes, and you don’t need to treat the raw area. They’re unbranched and lined with blossoms, which makes them look fuzzy from a distance. The stalk has already grown about three feet in just a week! But they produce a lot of offsets so it’s no great loss. An Agave in our front yard recently finished it’s once in a lifetime event. There isn’t much shade. Flowers are greenish-yellow to white and appear on a flowering stem that grows up to 16.5 feet (5 m) tall. Agave angustifolia Haw. Agave Blooms Then Die. I love it and wouldn’t want it to die after having it so long. Agave plants are perhaps best known for tequila, which is made from the steamed, mashed, fermented and distilled hearts of the blue agave. Any info is greatly appreciated thanks. These have been the same size(small) in both. Any advice on how best to propagate pups is much appreciated . Drought Tolerant Agave and Cactus can add drama to your landscape while still being low maintenance. If youve ever had a run in with an agave plants sharp terminal spike or ragged, toothy leaf margin, you probably remember it all too well. Hi, Debra, I saw Pam’s review of your book on her blog, and I immediately ordered it from Amazon. Thanks for anyone with any kind of thoughts. Thank you! Agave americana, the most common agave in the Southwest, has the common name “century plant” because it supposedly takes a century to bloom. I’m in San Diego. Any advice on what to expect would be appreciated. I was thrilled! Hi, Nicole — Agaves have fibrous leaves, and yours is notable in that it’s the one that sisal is made from. I have a question. This year the crown part was bent over on it’s side. I sympathize, Jennie. There are very few that I can grow in NJ gardens so the ones that I have or plant for clients live in pots for a season and that’s it–unless there’s some greenhouse space availalbe. Will theses also make baby agaves, a well as the pups from the mother plant? I have a beautiful stalk on my agave attenuata. Debra. Copyright © 2007–2020 It is getting to big for the area that it is in. Hi, Dave. the one in my grandparents front yard is now forming a stalk the sad thing is that when it falls it will land in the paved road ); im thinking of tying a rope around stalk It has many smaller plants around it and they are too becoming much bigger now. I’d love to know if that’s the case. The attenuata spike is lovely, but they are all striking. or do the babies just sprout where she was? Hello: The agave that is sending up a flower stalk is amazingly tall and I await the flowering. We just moved to Southern New Mexico a few years ago and promptly planted several agave in our yard–just love them! Loved the agave lesson, Debra. How exciting! Do I have to dig out the original “mother” plant after the stalk dies off? Now I have two of those magnificent plants about to commit suicide and I am distraught. Also, I’m looking for a way to add color so what about Kanchoe blossifeldiana? Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. Thanks for your informative website. Subfamily: Agavoideae That is a wonderful photo… what a setting for such a bloom arching over the vast blue water! Also do you know where I can purchase a blue whale agave, I’m having a hard time finding one down here in Miami. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. I never tire of seeing the two-story bloom stalks shooting skyward on agaves around Austin. I would estimate the age of this plant to be less than 10 years. We admired the architectural symmetry of this plant. Enjoy the show while it lasts. I’ll bet they were healthier for it, too. It’s hard to imagine a world without honey, cane sugar, syrup or other sweeteners, which are so prevalent in what we eat today. I just went to a talk about cultivated agaves the other day. Debra. – century plant Subordinate Taxa. Hi Debra, Debra. I always admire them when I see them in warmer climates–living sculpture in the garden. So go ahead and enjoy its blooms. (Moral: If you grow Agave americana, be mean to it.). I have had a century plant out back for over 14 years now and it is huge. That Agave attenuata is really neat. Is my beautiful plant going to die after this bloom process? In fact, one of agaves most common uses in the landscape is for privacy or basically as mass plantings of thorny unpleasant defense plants. Thank you. about 4 months ago. If there’s nothing you can do about it, you might as well celebrate. If you enjoy entertaining, an agave bloom is a great excuse for a party. Interpreting Wetland Status. Every time I see one, I marvel. This plant has no children Legal Status. Hi, Pam — I’m sure not looking forward to when my large agaves turn arborial. I also bought 2 online & basically got ripped off and some little pups arrived. Smaller ones can be placed in the house or porch as a very unique hat/scarf rack as well.We recently harvested one from our neighbors home (with their permission, of course) that is approximately 30 feet tall and have it in the center island of our driveway- it’s silhouette is striking! that will perform well in Ft Lauderdale, FL’s subtropical / tropical 10b … Furcraeas, aeoniums and sempervivums come to mind. Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Our agave Plant is about to blossom after approximately 9-10 years, the stalk is approximately 12 feet tall. Can Landscaping Protect a Home from Wildfire? Agave desmettiana bloom stalks turn from green to red as they mature. I thought since I grow most of my agaves in pots that I would never face the bloom spike. Debra. Maybe I’ll ask some of the pros at the Cactus & Succulent Society show next week. My dad planted it about 20 years ago and now it has grown an asparagus sprout at least 8 feet, it is amazing how fast it has grown. I have an agave blue ember that has decided to bloom after ten years in the ground. I was delighted to read this article.. beautifully written and so articulate. I don’t have any here although they probably would grow fine in TN. Agave nectar, now sold in many supermarkets, is a popular natural sweetener. Thank you. After wintering in the Mexican tropics, bats migrate northward through the desert following the south-to-north wave of spring-blooming … The specimens you’ll see are amazing. Sorry for my clumsy English; i am a Spaniard . American agave plants are known for their fairly fatalistic life cycles: live, die, repeat. I think that is worthy of a party too! Time to take some photos. It is now only a little larger, but looks healthy although it no longer produces many pups. Never have had agave. I love agaves! When they have the right conditions and finally decide to bloom, many varieties make a very tall stalk that typically has an abundance of flowers. we noticed that there are at least 100 tiny seedpods falling everywhere. I have a huge century plant in my backyard that finally toppled over…and all the green pods look with the yellow flowers look to be something I should be doing something with…can someone advise what I should do with this marvelous looking huge stalk of pods and things…I hate to just toss it…. Augustifolia has sword shaped leaves. I saw this beautiful blooming Agave on my morning walk and decided to Google some information. ‘marginata’ is one of only a dozen or so Agave sp. In my own garden, I haven’t had any long enough to bloom yet. It is worth trying, especially as no special work was needed. I WAS GIVEN AN AGAVE AMERICANA KNOWING NOTHING I PLANTED IN THE GARDEN IN MOIST SOIL AND LAST WINTER -7 DEGREES AND IT HAS SURVIVED WITH 2 OFFSETS! And the photographs are also good and goodly informative. It took about a year to complete it’s bloom cycle, so it was enjoyed by all for quite some time. With a dense rosette and a flower that grows on a spike … How can I get them to grow. I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show…while deciding what to do with a thousand baby plants. All Rights Reserved. Apple Valley ca. An agave bloom is truly cause for a little mourning and for celebration. A pale yellow flower stalk produces tiny bulbils for replanting, blooming at its end of life, sometime after the … I would like to share some photos but I am unable to load here. Notice the size of the bloom stalk of Agave angustifolia ‘Variegata’ relative to that of the mother plant. Diane, that is fascinating! All rights reserved. My dad will not get experience the beauty of it, but I sure will. But I took some beginning pics now and will continue to watch its growth. We have 5 stunning agaves in bloom in our Austin, Texas neighborhood and I watch them every day to chart their progress. Thanks i AM CURIOUS TO KNOW IF THERE IS AN AVERAGE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE TREE THAT BLOOMS TO STAY UPRIGHT? Now after 17 years it sprouted this asparagus in middle which has stem like branches with little clusters. My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog posts, newsletters, public speaking and workshops, photos, videos, merchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). The appearance of its long, curved stalk earned Agave attenuata the common name “foxtail agave.”. All the spikes were stuck together. I found your page by searching ‘agave blooming’ but didn’t find what I would like to know: my agave is something that a friend brought back from Texas years ago. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. A friend has a party whenever one of his big agaves blooms. It’s also the most frost tender agave, so planting it beneath a lacy tree will protect it from cold. They go out with a bang! Once it’s done blooming my plan is to cut, dry and preserve it and use it like a “sculpture” in my livingroom. Hence the common name, foxtail agave. Each ‘head’ is amongst a large group of adjoining agave plants and sit on a 2-3 foot trunk, some with small new pups sprouting off them. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana should be OK for you in full sun and is excellent for adding floral color, but consider it an annual. I did not know it was agave til resently it started growing a stalk out of the center and I didn’t know what was happening because it never had done this in the past. Around these parts, aloe take place but will look for some today. Flowers are greenish-yellow to white and appear on a stem that grows up to 16.5 feet (5 m) tall. Debra. Debra. Is there a recommended place to saw off the trunk in this situation?? Debra. I suspect that agaves in pots don’t bloom as quickly as those in the ground. But your entire agave will die once it has finished flowering whether you cut off the stalk or not. When the spike emerges from the center of the agave rosette, it resembles an asparagus spear. Hi, Susan — Plant breeders (like Euro-American Propagators, who have the Proven Winners line) are introducing wonderful small agaves and aloes that are ideally suited for pot culture. I guess, with a certain fertilizer? From tropical to xeriscape, this Caribbean Agave is the right choice for any landscape! Hi, Les — It was probably Agave parryi, which resembles a large (4-feet diameter) gray artichoke. Hope you have room for all your babies! 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