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P_ro02
Jan 10, 2018 11:01 AM CST
This was a beautiful American Agave, and we had some below freezing temps hit recently. It was covered with frost cloth but when I took it off today I found that a lot of the stems were sagging. Is there a way to bring this back to life or is it a goner?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 10, 2018 12:14 PM CST
Welcome!

I doubt its a goner. Agave americana can take quite a bit of cold if it is in well draining soil and the cold is dry cold, not wet cold.
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Dallas
P_ro02
Jan 10, 2018 12:21 PM CST
Do you have any suggestions on what to do with the leaves that are sagging?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 10, 2018 1:28 PM CST
02 : Don't count it out yet. Looks like center is still alive. Unless ground got frozen deep. I'd cut all but center leaves off, make mound of straw around it, and, or put several gallon jugs of closed water jugs around it, and cover it back up, till chance of deep freeze is over.
My bet is, it will come back.

How hard and long of freeze did you have ? Did ground under freeze cloth get frozen ? If so, how deep ?
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jan 10, 2018 1:38 PM CST
Do the wilted leaves look damaged/frozen? If not you could leave them to see if they perk up.
Dallas
P_ro02
Jan 10, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Thanks for the advice! The freeze was for almost 4 or 5 days. I left it covered through it all and well after the freeze. I don't believe the ground under froze at all. The wilted leaves are bent but I see no signs of rot or black like I've read could happen. I was hoping they would perk back so that I wouldn't need to cut most if not all off besides the middle. The leaves on the bottom still look good too.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 10, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Leave the leaves alone - chances are they will pop back up this spring. Even if they don't, they are still healthy photosythesizing leaves.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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