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May 18, 2018 11:39 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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What a lovely photo of a most beautiful agave. Thumbs up
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May 18, 2018 11:42 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I agree! For me, it's unusual to have one that perfect. Some insect always chews a hole, or part of one gets frozen or sunburned.
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May 18, 2018 11:54 AM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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To my eyes the color and the form and the spines are extremely elegant and full of character of the type that only gets richer with age. That plant is a couple of blocks away from my doctor's office so I get to see it every year or so... Smiling Yes, a fully formed agave, regularly depupped, in a neighborhood full of cactus trees and old succulents. The climate there is extremely mild. San Diego gets ranked as best weather in the world or the US by people who like to rank things.
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May 18, 2018 11:56 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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San Diego obviously has everything that agave needs for perfection.
I never thought about depupping them.
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May 18, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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That part is definitely optional. I like the clumping look a lot too. But if you're going for one big old plant, removing the competition will work to your advantage. I personally am too lazy to depup my parryi plant, shown here a couple of years ago



but I do not ever let some of the other agaves get out of control. For example you really have to depup americana every so often, or you will end up with a thicket and pay the price in blood later.
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May 18, 2018 3:29 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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Good to know information Baja.

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May 18, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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I like to keep them de-pupped so long as it stays neat looking to my eye. If a pup comes up 18 inches away, I'll leave it cuz it doesn't look too crowded or congested. Sometimes they come up a distance away, other times they hug the mama plant. The latter ones get culled long before they become a problem.
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May 18, 2018 8:47 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I hope they don't get culled, Tim! I do de-pup most of my agaves just to keep them neater looking. I've let a few form huge masses because they are harder to remove, and so prolific.
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