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May 11, 2014 9:17 AM CST
I have had this plant for almost a year. When I bought it it was fully open, now it seems to be closing up,
I live in San Mateo California - it gets a lot of sun and fairly mild climate.
Any thoughts I why this is happening. It is not as pretty when it is not fully open.

Name: Carole
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May 11, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Sometimes agaves will close like that because of dryness. It may need more water. However, watering them is a tricky proposition. They do not like a lot of watering. If you do choose to water, do so very sparingly.
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Name: Hetty
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May 11, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Welcome! cookie36!
In my experience it is nearly always when they are too dry that Agaves do this, as SongofJoy said. So - water, but sparingly.

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