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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:12 pm

    The beautiful agave attenuata is a very popular garden planting in our area as it requires very little care & always looks good (except when snails nibble on its leaves). These plants make very handy landscaping features for those holiday homes in our village. It is a thornless agave succulent, native to Central Mexico which, apparently, is not very common in its native habitat. The lack of thorns on the end of its leaves is uncommon in agaves & this makes it an excellent plant for the garden or containers. Have seen it in flower & it is stunning. It has a tall flower spike which bows down & curves as it grows. Apparently, each plant stalk only blooms once but, fortunately, the plant does not die, unlike other plants in its family. The spike is covered with greenish/yellow flowers or thousands of small plantlets. The plant can take many years to flower so it is fortunate that the plant is attractive in itself & is not especially grown for its flower. That is just an added bonus. We were lucky to get our agave attenuata as the man over the back gave me one of the offshoots, or pups, from his lovely, large plant. Have seen his in flower & it was striking.

    The plant seems to grow towards the sun & its stem curves. Ours curved so much it was parallel to the ground with only the tips of its leaves holding it up off the ground. That made it very hard to remove from its container as roots had developed all along its stem & the stem's underside roots had caused it to be very securely anchored!! It had also grown a pup which wasn't growing very quickly. We had decided that the main plant should be repotted into a larger container. To do this we thought it would be easy to just cut the stem close to the pup & try to avoid cutting the exposed roots growing from the stem. Should have taken a pic of the "before"!! :lol!: Anyhow, after much hacking, sawing & pulling it eventually came free. Turns out the container I chose for it wasn't quite deep enough for it but it will do until we get a larger one. It is now sitting upright for the moment. Wonder how long it will take for it to start tilting over??

    When we first got our agave attenuata.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:16 pm

    It grew quickly. This is only 2 & 1/2 months later.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:19 pm

    Another five months later.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:21 pm

    Nine & a half months after we first got the agave attenuata.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:21 pm

    It really is a lovely plant.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:24 pm

    For some reason I neglected to take any images of this wonderful plant for the past 13 months. :blush:

    Here it is after being repotted yesterday. The curved ends of some of the leaves are from when it was growing parallel to the ground.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:27 pm

    Here is it with its offshoot still in the old pot. That pot now looks too small for it.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 4:29 pm

    The baby agave attenuata all by itself. Do hope it will grow faster now that it has plenty of room.

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    Post by Dawn on Fri 17 Dec 2010, 2:07 am

    Oh Joy it is beautiful I love it , and the little pup, it is a miniature of it's mum . I love the graceful lines it has for a large foliage plant, beautiful thanks for sharing it with us .
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 17 Dec 2010, 2:08 am

    Joy (Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:21 am) wrote:It really is a lovely plant.



    Just look at that I love it
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    Post by Joy on Fri 17 Dec 2010, 8:36 am

    Yes, it is an attractive, tidy looking plant, Dawn. :love: No wonder it is a favourite for gardens in our area. :bravo: Snails seem to like it too, unfortunately. :whack!:

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