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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 6, 2016 1:10 PM CST
2 summers ago this old Agave was putting up something different than a new leaf. I figured it was to be a flower spike. But, it never really grew much. Instead, the Agave starting putting out pups all over. Not just at soil level as it had in the past but all over. Someone told me it had bolted. It is 2 years later now and I have already harvested dozens of pups from it. I call it my "puppy factory." About 4 feet tall overall. What is going on? I have never seen anything like this with an Agave. Gene
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Aug 6, 2016 8:29 PM CST
That's an interesting event to have going on. I'd like to know as well. Shrug!
Name: Bob
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OrchidBob
Aug 8, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Happens all the time to my Agave attenuata.
My attenuata grows a trunk and the pups pop out all over.
I do not know the name of this one but it may be a hybrid.
Is it a soft agave? Do the leaves bend without breaking.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 8, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Yes, it I an Attenuata I believe. Thanks for the info. Here I though I had something special. Sort of like bird watching. You're out in the woods and see a bird you have never seen before. You rush home, get out the bird book and it turns out to be: Common _______. Sigh. Gene
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Baja_Costero
Aug 8, 2016 1:28 PM CST
The plant is not Agave attenuata, which has no marginal (or terminal) spines. I can't help with a positive ID beyond that.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Aug 8, 2016 1:56 PM CST
Yes, I am sorry. I answered too quickly w/o thinking. Attenuata is the one with soft leaves and no spines. This is another hard leaf w/ spines species. Very common I understand. Gene
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 8, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Is it an Agave? I thought it looked like a Yucca.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 9, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Yes, Agave.
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Stush2019
Aug 9, 2016 9:38 AM CST
Gene, Living in zone 5 means you have to winter indoors? That's the main reason I gave my A. Attenuata varigata away. Can't bring all those in every winter. It's a shame.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 9, 2016 9:48 AM CST
But over wintering Agaves indoors is actually easy. I have 2 extra bedrooms that get no heat or A/C. In the winter they stay at 40-55F (hey, it is Wisconsin.) Agave and many other succulents go dormant at those temperatures. They do not try to grow. No etiolating. Do not need sun. Water once a month or so. I have been doing this for over 18 years. Works well. Gene
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Stush2019
Aug 9, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Thanks Gene but my wife limits my plant wintering efforts. I have over 100 plants that I bring in and includes about 20 agaves now. We too are alone in a big house now that the kids have gone. She hates to see all the window seals loaded with plants. I have been putting them in lighted shelves in the basement. So far so good but no room for those 4 footers.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 9, 2016 10:42 AM CST
I am not married, you can tell. I have about 1850 plants that I bring inside of my small dark house for the winter. Agaves, and other large succulents in cold rooms. Rest under 21 T5 HO light fixtures. Gene
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xoxomonisia
Aug 12, 2016 12:12 PM CST
I wish I had that big of a collection as you all have! My husband thinks I have too much already... I have 21 cacti/succ plants and 14 houseplants... still want more lol Smiling
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Aug 21, 2016 4:21 PM CST
If anyone wants one or two of the pups, send me a Tree Mail. Gene

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