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The Agave & the Glass Ceiling

June 22, 2013

Photo by Nancy J. White, Toronto Star

I remember the first time one of my ‘century plant’ agaves produced a flower stalk; I was surprised, delighted and even a little bit frightened! How big would this enormous asparagus stalk get; what if it never stopped growing; what would I do if it fell over? Well, that was a decade ago and since then I’ve gotten a bit more blasé about succulents and their unexpected flower stalks, although their appearance continues to thrill me. My friend Dave who lives in Canada sent me a story link from the Toronto Star that reminds me of those first surprising days living with agaves. It appears the staff at Toronto’s Allan Gardens Conservatory was just as surprised by their agave’s prodigious stalk and had to resort to drastic measures to accommodate it …


Photo by Bert Dandy

Here’s a closer view from another publication, CityNews Toronto.

To read the Toronto Star piece, click here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2013 7:35 am

    oeps !

  2. June 22, 2013 5:43 pm

    I love this! A local nursery growing one indoors had the same thing happen this spring, unfortunately they just let the stalk grow and bend.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 22, 2013 9:41 pm

      I’m amazed the nursery you mention would be so cloddish!

  3. June 22, 2013 11:45 pm

    So, what will happen to the stalk/plant? I’ve heard that the whole plant will eventually die, is this true?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 22, 2013 11:52 pm

      Yes, once the stalk’s flowers die, it will dry out … then the plant will die. Its energy spent entirely. Beauty followed by sadness …

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