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octopus agave © Lisa Hudson

Our octopus agave is blooming…which is good and bad.  It’s good because it’s a pretty spectacular display. The flower stalk could be about 15 feet tall when it reaches it’s peak height, and will be covered in golden yellow flowers.  The bad thing is agave only blooms one time during their lifespan and once the bloom is finished, the plant will die.  We estimate this one to be between 10 to 15 years of age.

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  1. It is really a magnificent plant. how neat that you are around to see it bloom. Will it sprout true from the seeds it sets, or will you have to find a totally different plant?

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  2. I really need to post another picture of it. The stalk is pretty well fully grown, now, and covered in yellow flowers. I asked my neighbor about starting another from seed, but he went into a long discussion on pollination and other things. I think I’m better off just planting a young plant from the nursery once the bloom on this one dies.

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  3. How sad, Lisa. 😦

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