Richard sherra 2012-02-16 04:11:22
We have a big, old agave with a top bit that’s about 1.4metres across.
The trunk just below where the green bits start is almost horizontal.
It’s very healthy and vigorous, but it looks like the top might snap
off. My wife suggested making a prop to support the top. What do you
Atec77 2012-02-16 04:11:23
If it were a tree and you cut it off at the bend it’s reasonable to
expect renewed growth up and out , with that succulent unsure but it
might well do so
Loosecanon 2012-02-16 04:11:25
Cut it off and take some older leaves off and stick it in the dirt. Will
have new roots in 8 weeks. Do not overwater the soil.
It should also go well deep planted. Take as much stem as possible and dig a
hole to suit the shape of the trunk the deeper the better. Have the Agave’s
leaves just clear of the ground. Position it in the most eye pleasing way
which to me is having the central part pointing up. The stem that is
underground will produce roots and the cut end will produce a mass of roots.
The advantage will be the Agave won’t be able to turn on an above ground
trunk in search for light for a while. The other advantage is that dormant
buds in the trunk may come up and you will end up having a nice clump.
Richard sherra 2012-02-16 04:11:26
Thanks, folks. Much better than props.
Ms karen james 2012-02-16 04:11:30
YAY! Then when you have all those extra Agave plants, you can
share a handful with your fellow UQ’er who posted a request to
Richard sherra 2012-02-16 17:36:38
Actually, we may well have some spare ones soon. We haven’t gotten
around to performing the surgery yet, but will probably do it soon.
Some of the existing clump is going to have to go to good homes. Bit
of a stretch to get it to QLD, though 🙂