This is especially apparent when in bloom – some Agave can produce a flower stalk up to 40 feet tall. I suspect that agaves in pots don’t bloom as quickly as those in the ground. As the mother agave dies, it can no longer support its towering stalk.  When this topples, it efficiently propells the offspring to the earth. Some of the sites, with descendant agaves, still can be found. I’m often asked if you can stop an agave from blooming by severing the stalk. Hi, Bought and moved into a new house in a Bayside area of Brisbane 9 months ago. You could start a nursery. Agave tequilana, l’agave à tequila ou agave bleu est une plante succulente appartenant à la famille des Agavacées, proches des Dasylirion et des Sanseveria. This year the crown part was bent over on it’s side. So interesting architecturally and different from what goes here in New England… though I do have Yucca growing … out of character I know for our landscape… and this member of the Agave family does not seem to die after blooming. 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! It does take between 10 and 25 years for the plant to bloom, though. here in Portugal we have found that cutting the flower stem of these agaves works. Those in the photo are probably the same age—pups from the same litter, so to speak—so they all reached maturity at the same time. But I took some beginning pics now and will continue to watch its growth. Yours is an incredible garden… are these plants from your collection minus the one by the ocean? Agave plants grow for many years without making any flowers. It’s Sad that there’s nothing to do to save, guess we’ll have to another one. My agave sisalinia is sending out a bloomstalk now-its about 30 feet and the flower buds aren’t open yet! 18,00 EUR. or do the babies just sprout where she was? Agave Succulent Plant. Agave desmettiana is notorious for blooming out after being in the ground only a few years. Produces numerous, 4’ to 6’ long, rigidly upright held, lance shaped leaves that are about 4” wide and are blue-grey to blue-silver in color. Thanks. The stalk has started to lean slightly. 5 3 4. 4 13 0. once the spike falls, does the mama plant need to be removed? Furcraeas, aeoniums and sempervivums come to mind. Thank you, Carol, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Pancake Filled Jam. Agaves don’t like a lot of rainfall—they’re dry-climate plants. My agave bloomed last year – not like yours, which is what I expected and wanted, but with four or five short (~12 in.) (I must read generally about 100 lines to get 1 good new information; though i usually do it in a diagonal mode fast reading not 100 % efficient). Hi, Janet — Thanks! We live in Malaysia. Any help or advice that you have as to what to do with the crown would be greatly appreciated. Debra. 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. thanks for any help you can give me. The agave species (Agave tequilana… They’re hard to shoot because it’s challenging to get such a tall vertical element into a photo. Growing Agave tequilana for the purpose of producing tequila is not a short process. I’ll be there on Saturday, taking photos, and would love to connect with any GGWers! En France, il ne peut être cultivé en extérieur toute l’année, que dans les quelques régions où les températures ne chutent pas sous les -2 °C, dans un sol très drainé, de préférence en pente. Bloom Time: Most plants only bloom once in their lifetime. nothing developed but they looked lovely! The appearance of its long, curved stalk earned Agave attenuata the common name “foxtail agave.”. Each branch cluster holds dozens. I bet you will miss this pretty plant however you will have all those babies. Une plante ethnobotanique aux nombreux … I have a question. Now all these blooms are falling into the garden. La rosette de feuilles croît une dizaine d’années avant d’être capable de fleurir. However, the agave’s bloom is so unique and amazing that it certainly puts on a show as it dies. Several years ago one of the hardier species was flowering at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and it became a media event, luring non-gardeners into a world they would not have otherwised experienced. Thanks for the great article! Leaf Differences Between Aloe and Agave. The plant is in my neighbors yard and I told her what the plant was. Agave tequilana est arrosé à chaque fois que la terre de son pot est presque sèche d’avril à septembre, puis demande une saison de repos strictement au sec en hiver. One cultivar of agave is the base ingredient for tequila. Les vieilles feuilles un peu abimées peuvent être coupées à la base chaque printemps, mais il faut se protéger les yeux, bras et jambes. A common Agave is Agave tequilana, which is what is used to make the alcoholic drink tequila, says World of Succulents. I enjoyed these beautiful photos and such an informative post about Agave very much, and thank you! When it started forming a bloom spike, I realized the topic would make a good photo essay, so I went back through my photo files and pulled examples from gardens I’ve visited. Thank you, Jane. 9 18 0. I will enjoy the show but will be sorry to lose her. When they have the right conditions and finally decide to bloom, … Thanks for anyone with any kind of thoughts. 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…. Livraison GRATUITE. It’s also the most frost tender agave, so planting it beneath a lacy tree will protect it from cold. We have done this 4 times with 100% success rate. They dry and last for a very long time. I then started to google and found your post. Hi, Debra, I saw Pam’s review of your book on her blog, and I immediately ordered it from Amazon. Il est originaire du Mexique, largement cultivé pour la fabrication de la téquila et quelques autres usages, au … Agave tequilana is an evergreen Perennial growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a medium rate. La plante change de métabolisme et sa sève s’enrichit fortement en sucre dans la période qui précède son imposante floraison. 4,30 EUR de … Root restriction may stress the plant in a good way. I finally had to cut it down, it was about 25 feet tall, and was reaching halfway across the street and leaning lower and lower each day. Strawberry Shortcake. L’Agave bleu est une plante de la famille des Agavaceae. Hi Debra, Correct??? It took about a year to complete it’s bloom cycle, so it was enjoyed by all for quite some time. Debra. Ses fleurs campanulées jaunes-verdâtres sont riches en nectar et sont pollinisées exclusivement par une chauve-souris locale. I am growing mine mostly indoors with bright morning sunlight and filtered afternoon sunlight. We just moved to Southern New Mexico a few years ago and promptly planted several agave in our yard–just love them! Debra. L'agave, comme la plupart des plantes succulentes (ou grasses), peut se cultive… I had no idea what it was but during this time it died, grew bacj, I relocated it at which time I harvested 2 babies attached to roots. Thanks. Agave desmettiana bloom stalks turn from green to red as they mature. In tequila production, this stalk is removed as soon as it begins to grow so that the plant can focus its energy elsewhere. 46,85 EUR (66,93 EUR/L) 15,99 EUR de frais de livraison. I am always amazed at those tall blooms. I don’t have any here although they probably would grow fine in TN. I sympathize, Jennie. There are so many varieties. Agave angustifolia is widely used in the production of mezcal and pulque, though at least 10 other Agave species are also known to be used for this. It helps me to remember the species name by imagining little potatoes skewered on the tips. Seed pods (hundreds) are still plump and green and I don’t want to hurt them by cutting the stalk too early. TEQUILA SILVER EL PILSTOLERO HECHO EN MEXICO 70 CL 2008 . This is Agave tequilana —the agave tequila is made from. I like this post, from Spain where it is know 17 h 30, because i agree with you to consider the beauty of succulents as a great one and because, as i am a beginner in matter of plants i learned 4 new things in just 28 lines. Aha Toro Tequila Anejo Super Premium tequilana Agave 40% 0,7 l Mexique. Le sirop d’agave est alors récolté pour fabriquer entre autres la téquila ou le mezcal, mais aussi d’autres produits. Most of the agaves in this clump decided to bloom at once. Aptly named, Agave tequilana ‘Weber Azul’ is specifically grown for tequila production. I’d love to know if that’s the case. The blooms are definitely a mixed blessing. … I had this agave for thirty years and it is now starting to bloom! Explore Kelley Macdonald's photos on Flickr. Sorry for my clumsy English; i am a Spaniard . Actually, it’s 15 to 20 years…sooner, if you pamper it with rich soil and ample water. Can I use the agave blooms for cooking i.e. Debra. Patricia. The stalk has already grown about three feet in just a week! Join Me in Celebrating the Joy of Succulents! We have s blooming century plant right now. Agaves are grown for their dramatic foliage, not their flowers. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. However I recently saw a photo of one blooming in a small pot. There are certain types of Aloe that can grow to be quite large, such as the Tree Aloe, but in general, Agave tend to be much larger than most varieties of Aloe. Thank you! Agave parrasana in Bloom. I have an agave in my yard my son brought home to me about 10years ago. Enjoy the show while it lasts. Growing Cactus Garden Ice Plant Flowers Cactus Plants Agaves Succulents Blossom An ice plant, overshadowed by the agave when it thrived, now reasserts itself with a single blossom. Agaves are nothing if not determined to reproduce. Can,t wait to see it bloom. C’est aussi une très belle plante ornementale, à cultiver plutôt en pot dans nos climats tempérés frais, sauf en zone méditerranéenne très peu gélive. At its base grow pups of the mother plant. Les feuilles sont caractérisées par un épiderme pruiné, extrêmement bleu, d’où son nom d’agave bleu. Also, I’m looking for a way to add color so what about Kanchoe blossifeldiana? Wish i could figure out how to post a photo. Even if I cut off the stalk right now, the plants are still going to die? La Tequila est la boisson obtenue à partir du jus d’agave bleue (Agave tequilana) qui aura été fermenté puis distillé. I love the potatorum, I just bought one in California. My Agave looks the same like on the last picture. Do I wait until they dry out and shrivel up? Thanks Elle est originaire d'une... Il existe de nombreuses esp�ces et vari�t�s d'agaves servant � la fabrication de divers breuvages dont les plus connus sont sans conteste la tequila et le mescal. L’ancêtre de la tequila (par habitude, j’utilise le féminin, mais on peut aussi dire « le tequila », les 2 usages semblent être tolérés) aurait été inventé par les aztèques qui consommaient alors la sève d’agave fermentée qu’ils appelaient pulque. Hello, Une plantation sur talus ou dans une rocaille facilite le drainage du sol. But they produce a lot of offsets so it’s no great loss. It’s similar to honey but dissolves more readily in cold liquid and is not as strongly flavored. It grows in regions that typically do not experience temperatures below 25°F or above 97°F. My dad will not get experience the beauty of it, but I sure will. I have my plant potted in a small entry way garden and don’t have room to let them fall and propagate. Will the stalk carry baby plants? I have this plant purchased in ’98 when very young. They’re generally fine in high heat and hot sun, though they like some afternoon shade in desert gardens. Au 17e siècle les Espagnols ont importés le procédé de la distillation vers ce qui est aujourd’hui le Mexique. Do we need to cut this stalk before all those seed pods open and make new plants? Tel: 928-284-0391 Thank you. I have an agave blue ember that has decided to bloom after ten years in the ground. Hi, Les — It was probably Agave parryi, which resembles a large (4-feet diameter) gray artichoke. How long before that shoot topples over? ps – my caps lock seems to have deserted me. The crown part with the small soft spikes is still on it’ s side. Debra. I think that is worthy of a party too! And how heavy is it? Now I have two of those magnificent plants about to commit suicide and I am distraught. It is probably 8 feet tall and ten feet wide. We inherited two of these plants in large pots when we bought the house. Hi Debra – I have really enjoyed your book and I’ve already preordered your next book from Amazon. When Agaves are ready to bloom, they produce a long stalk from the center of their rosette. 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. Le pulque n'est pas produit à partir de l'agave bleu … I will be leaving to go back to NY in a few days. I have a beautiful blooming agave in my yard in Miami, Florida, I think the tequiliana version as shown aboe. Have several offsets from the Blue Boy. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra. the spikes are slightly separated. Trying to identify what I believe is an agave plant in my yard…. We take pictures of it everyday and are amazed at the growth which seems to be daily. My havardiana agave’s 24′ high stalk is starting to lean and I’m worried it will topple over and hit cars in my driveway. 30 22 11. Les graines germent en 3 mois entre 20 et 30 °C. Evaluate the clump in terms of the aesthetics of your garden. Diane, that is fascinating! I’ve never heard of the term “monocarpic”. The Agave most commonly referred to as “the Century Plant” is Agave americana, which has been used in the landscapes throughout California for over 75 years. It has many smaller plants around it and they are too becoming much bigger now. Thanks for your informative website. there are already lots of pups around the sides. Beautiful post with wonderful photos Debra! This could take a while! When do I cut and who can help me with that process? Cependant, pour accroître la résistance au froid, l'eau ne doit pas stagner dans le pot : A. americana résiste à -10 °C dans les conditions d'un froid sec et d'un sol bien drainé, mais seulement à -5 °C dans d'autres cas. After all, you and your guests aren’t likely to see such an event again (in your garden) for at least another 14 years. Most of the agaves in this clump decided to bloom at once. Hi, Nicole — Agaves have fibrous leaves, and yours is notable in that it’s the one that sisal is made from. Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas. This one is beneath a majestic 55 year old Black Pine with a Torrey shape, so it will be beautifully framed and supported as it reaches skyward! It was so interesting to hear about a harvest that a village had to wait 20 years for! Since reading your book and articles I have a whole new appreciation for succulents…and a new hobby. Do I have to dig out the original “mother” plant after the stalk dies off? I am in Roanoke, VA, by the way, zone 6/7. I also bought 2 online & basically got ripped off and some little pups arrived. Check out http://www.debraleebaldwin.com for more ideas. Apparently some cultures in AZ/NM grew them as crop plants but the tradition was lost about 500 years ago. The bloom spikes of most species of Agave are treelike, but those of Agave attenuata are unbranched. The largest and most majestic of the native Texas agaves, Agave americana often grows as tall as 6 feet. I have an awesome agave that is about 7 years old and huge. Thank you. Debra. My agave plant just started blooming a stalk out of the center and I didn’t know what was happening so I started researching and found out it does this only once in its life time and will die after. Agave Cactus Leaves. Debra. The plant is harvested somewhere between 7 to 14 years. (Moral: If you grow Agave americana, be mean to it.). I saw this beautiful blooming Agave on my morning walk and decided to Google some information. What a wonderful post! Hope you have room for all your babies! Hi, Michael — It doesn’t matter where you saw off the spent rosettes, and you don’t need to treat the raw area. Here in the Southwest, even savvy gardeners tend to think agaves are century plants (big, hulking Agave americana) and don’t realize the marvelous array of miniatures that are available. Il est originaire du Mexique, largement cultivé pour la fabrication de la téquila et quelques autres usages, au point d’être considéré comme une espèce domestique. Hi, Dave. It grew but had to relocate to give it more growing space. Copyright © 2007–2021 gardeninggonewild.com. Si on lui apporte un engrais à cactus (NPK équilibré) peu dosé une fois par an, c’est pour éviter de le rempoter tous les ans plutôt que de le faire grandir vite. En effet, la culture en pot le maintien plus petit et les apports d’engrais réguliers le poussent à fleurir plus hâtivement. Agave americana, the most common agave in the Southwest, has the common name “century plant” because it supposedly takes a century to bloom. That Agave attenuata is really neat. They are so unique structurally with great colors and I’ve found them to be pretty resilient. 10 7 1. Also have a large clump of regular agave attenuata nearby that has never bloomed; planted early 1980’s. Variétés d'Agave conseillées pour une plantation au jardin. None of these agaves are (or were) in my garden except for the small one in the first and last photos. and how long will it last. Debra. There was one in Portland in a garden on a busy street that people admired, and then mourned. Agave tequilana produit une hampe florale de 7 m de hauteur. It is very beautiful plant and interesting to watch this happen, but sad to find out it is going to die. Rich An agave bloom is truly cause for a little mourning and for celebration. C’est à … Les feuilles renferment des fibres très solides, utilisées pour faire des vêtements ou des cordes. 31 38 11. 18′ tall and the arms are beginning to reach out. Agave are like roses and orchids, I would love to have a collection of them! The stalk, now about 5 feet tall, has grown a foot a week and is as yet unbranched.  I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show…while deciding what to do with a thousand baby plants. I planted 1 inground 1 in a pot. question -WAS I JUST LUCKY AND LEAVE IT ALONE OR MOVE TO A DRYER LOCATION WITH POOR SOIL? It is about 11’ tall now with white tree like blooms toward the top. If this lets me send photos I’ll put some great agaves. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. sheesh. It’s the easiest plant in the world to grow, though, and magnificent while it lasts. I am hoping you can tell me what I have. Thanks Debra! Agave can be used as the raw material for industrial production of fructans as a prebiotic dietary fiber. Bien qu’elle soit très décorative, Agave tequilana est avant tout cultivé par champs entiers pour récupérer le sirop d’agave. Thanks for sharing, (and my condolences on the blooming and mortality of your agave…), Hi, Jodi — Some agaves you might be able to grow: Agave parryi (hardy to minus 20 degrees), Agave gentrii (5 degrees), Agave neomexicana (minus 20), and Agave havardiana (minus 10). Please help this very old senior! It is your trophy! Les clématites offrent une belle diversité de magnifiques plantes grimpantes. I have pictures if you want to see them. Hi, Pam — I’m sure not looking forward to when my large agaves turn arborial. What I find intriguing about the agaves is the way they are blooming. It already has 2 stalks and i thunk a 3rd coming up. Il semblerait que ce type de sucre serait aussi d’un grand intérêt dans la fabrication de certains médicaments. Agave tequilana or Agave tequilana var. I think it is sad, but none-the-less wonderful when these plants bloom. Tequila 100% Agave ou Mixto, faites votre choix sur whisky.fr. Elles sont bordées d’épines acérées qui se détachent volontiers lorsqu’elles s’enfoncent dans la peau du jardinier ou d’un animal. Thank you. Mine is about 22 feet tall. It’s like a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy. I would like to share our shock and joy with this plant. But it is fascinating to watch it bloom. You’re right—yuccas, which are related to agaves, don’t bloom after flowering. And of course, don’t plant agaves near walkways, dog runs or play areas! I was going to remove all the small ones, but an arborist advised me that it may disturb the roots of the large one. Hi, I loved the agave article.i live in Miami &love these plants. Agave Agavengewächs. Many balk that they do not have pretty little pink flowers and that the spines might impale their dog or cat. We admired the architectural symmetry of this plant. Can I plant the spikes that are coming out of the dead flowers? North Dakota winters prohibit out door growth so have t winter over inside. 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