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Agave desmettiana variegata going into bloom

6 years ago
last modified: 6 years ago

I've had this dollar-store agave for several years, and i knew it's time to bloom itself away was near. Over the past summer, i noticed the signs - shorter, narrower leaves emerging at the center. Alas, my suspicions were confirmed this week as it went into full bloom mode. It'll be beautiful while it lasts, then itll be time to go for this wonderful plant.

Comments (20)

  • 6 years ago

    Should be awesome; this one does not produce pups?

  • 6 years ago

    How fun! Take lots of pictures for us! It looks like your plant is on relatively flat ground. Mine was at the top of a raised island - I hesitate to call it a hill - and it was falling down. So I had to cut it down before it was all done. I don't know if I would have gotten some seeds in addition to all those pups.

    Send me a message so I can reply to you with a link to my blooming A. desmettiana. I don't want to hi-jack your thread. ;-)

  • 6 years ago

    Alain - this plant is a prolific pupper. There will also be 100s and 100s of little bulbils on the stalk after blooming.

  • 6 years ago

    Josue and Crenda; I have a neighbor that has these in the front yard. They are fast to bloom compared to most other Agaves. I witnessed one plant bloom and put up lots of bulbils. The plant blooming this year is only producing seed pods. I'm not sure what triggers the difference.

  • 6 years ago

    Alain, yep! This species is a prolific off-setter. It's offsets at the base, not far from the mother plant. I have three large offsets from this plant in my backyard, and a handful of smaller ones in containers. And like Crenda said, when it blooms, it will produce thousands of little bulbils on the flowering stalk. What I like about desmettiana is that it doesn't have spines on the leaf edges, so you can get in close to remove the pups without being stabbed and poked.

    Crenda, post your photos here! I like to call it collaborating, as opposed to hijacking ;) I'd love to see photos of your plant.

    Aloebot - yes, they are pretty quick to bloom. I've had a number of other agave for years and they are nowhere near blooming it seems like. The flower on desmettiana is nice, it branches low and doesn't get too tall so you can enjoy the flowers up close.

  • 6 years ago

    This thread follows the first Agave that I had bloom. Lot of pictures!

    http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/3394283/when-agaves-bloom

    A neighbor decided to not separate pups from his plant. It looked nice clustered around his mailbox - - then they all started to bloom at the same time! There's one behind the red arrow, making 8 bloom stalks.

    And then I had this goofball. Guess it was trying to do backflips!

  • 6 years ago

    Here's a picture of the spike as of today. It's getting the neighbor's attention!

  • 6 years ago

    Looking good!

  • 6 years ago

    Here's a photo from this chilly morning. Flower buds are starting to peek out from under the lower sheaths.


  • 6 years ago

    your plant is very pretty. the colors seem brighter than on mine...I wonder if it is the climate? anyway have fun with all the pups you are going to get!

  • 6 years ago

    Definitely looks like a giant asparagus, doesn't it? This is so fun to watch!

  • 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the updates. Keep them comin'.

    tj

  • 6 years ago
    Almost there! Flower buds continue to swell
  • 6 years ago

    You are going to have quite a show with this, the Ceanothis (sp), and the Aloe all blooming!

  • 6 years ago
    Yeah! and quite by chance right? The ceanothus is my neighbour's. She also has a local native lupinus albifrons nearby that should be in bloom right around the same time. I have some local variants of California poppy that are yellow (instead of orange) so the blues and purples will look real nice with the yellow poppies and yellow agave.
  • 6 years ago

    Looking good! You going to let the bulbils grow? And maybe you'll get some seed.

    Have you seen bees on the flower buds? I noticed some showed up early, like they wanted to be the first to sample the flowers. LOL

  • 6 years ago
    Yeah Crenda, I'll give away as many of the plantlets as I can. I'll keep a few to start more for myself.

    I haven't seen any bees on it yet, but maybe soon?
  • 6 years ago

    Really nice, and I LOVE your yard!

  • 6 years ago
    Welp! we had a frost and most of the developing flowers were damaged. it looks like there are a number of flowers still in tact but the show is going to be much less spectacular than it was going to be.