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emve

From Haugesund. With 3 children and a husband who's seemingly constantly away on business, I garden like it could save my life - and it probably does!

Agave Americana

  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2019
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emve

Job done! My husband claims I'm so stubborn it could be pathological - but at least he doesn't have to buy me more wire for a while! The agave kept me company.

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jacaranda

You must have a lot of patience Mona 🤣😘

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emve

🤣🤣🤣😳🤣🤣🤣 @jacaranda

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emve

My agave made #fromseed (the one and only I managed to produce from a whole packet of seeds) is also still with us. It is right next to my favorite (indoor) coffee spot, so I see it every day, and I didn't think it had grown at all - until I went through old GT pictures today. It won't ever be called a fast grower, but it is quietly doing its thing and perhaps next year will bring another leaf.

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kamaki

Thats great to hear! Must be very satisfying and rewarding?!

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emve

Yes it is @kamaki. I see from your profile you like pomegranade (among other things) - I have one of those from seed as well. Hope I manage to keep it alive through yet another winter.

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awomanonabike

👏👏👏 Well Done!

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columbiariver

👏👏💚 wonderful ❣️

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gjones

It's looking good and healthy. I agree they aren't fast growers😄 Do you know how old yours is now?

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emve

@gjones, I got the seeds in the ground in February 2018 (It's a good thing I have it documented here, otherwise I wouldn't have a clue), so it isn't really that old yet. But I'm still impatient.

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emve

The largest of my potted-up agave babies is also a work-plant for the year. If I can’t be in my garden…

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gjones

It's done well! I find mine go thru little growth spurts and then seem to just sit for awhile. But when I look back, they are slowly growing😊

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emve

I love - and hate - how this agave is in no hurry to release and fold down each leaf (or what ever those octopus-like arms should be called). Whenever I am anxious and feel like everything is moving too fast for me, I try to imagine this little (well...) slow poke -- I'll get there when I get there.

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gjones

It's a beautiful plant!

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carolgs

Love these

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emve

Thanks @gjones, that splurge just keeps on making me very happy. Who said you can't buy happiness???

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emve

Me too @carolgs.

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emve

Still alive. Still tiny. #fromseed

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gjones

Looking good!

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emve

Hoping for lots more growth when summer comes @gjones. How are yours doing? Remember my seed-sowing effort only produced this one seedling, but you had a bit more success, didn't you?

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emve

Just to prove that I haven't killed it yet. It is in the orangery now, but I'll probably move it to the living room later in the year to keep it dry and (hopefully) happy.

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terrimclaughlin

Love those!! I have a few and I really like em!!😊💕

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gjones

It looks great Mona ! Looks happy and healthy😊

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emve

I love it @gjones, and I really hope I manage to keep it alive! Mold and rot can be a problem in the orangery if I'm not careful. It is a tricky balance sometimes, with ensuring that plants are sufficiently dried up before storage, while at the same time avoiding that they die from thirst.

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emve

Lucky you @terrimclaughlin - and lucky me, if mine continue to thrive and grow! I love them!

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cyndi

This is it the #orangery loads of sunlight .. Put it in a pretty pot xoxo

51w
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emve

That one treat/investment suddenly turned into a whole lot more.

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emve

Five babies for free!

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gjones

That's fantastic! Beautiful plants😍😍

1w
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emve

I'm a bit ashamed to admit what I've done here, because I had decided I wouldn't do something so extravagant. But it was on sale -50%. And it felt like I was rescuing it, because it was so in need for a new pot and some care (see next photo)

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debs69

You did the right thing 👍

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columbiariver

It's a very nice plant

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ShelleySnyder

It's fabulous Mona! And I see babies!💘😍

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emve

It practically paid for itself! I mean, the babies I got for free count as deductions, right? @debs69 @columbiariver @ShelleySnyder

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ShelleySnyder

Absolutely right!!😂😂💘😍

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debs69

Definitely 👍😂😂😂

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gjones

Love it! 5 for the price of one!

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emve

Still alive!!! Still disappointingly tiny, but I can wait. #fromseed

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gjones

It's doing great! Mines slowly growing too!🐢🐌

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emve

Look @gjones, we have a split! #fromseed #progress

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gjones

It's doing good. I have 3 that are in 2 leaf stage and one that has 3 leaves. The rest are still in one leaf stage.

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Opuntia

Hey! Good for you. It will mean more when it is a giant heirloom :)

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emve

How many years until then @Opuntia? There is still plenty time for me to kill the thing, I'm afraid. I'll do my best to give it a long life🙄

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Opuntia

🤔 hmm a hundred maybe?

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emve

Then it will definitely be an heirloom! To my grandchildren maybe? @Opuntia

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Opuntia

If it doesn’t work out I can always post you an off-shoot

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emve

I would really love that, @Opuntia, is that possible? I guess I'm a bit blue-eyed, but what about shipping regulations across borders and stuff???

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Opuntia

I think the main (valid) concern is passing bugs or disease, so if I washed the roots that would be ok. I will see what I can sort out :)

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emve

Nothing much seems to be happening here, but at least my one and a half seedling is still alive! @gjones

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gjones

They're definitely pretty slow growing plants. I lost one since I last posted a photo. Others look about the same.😑

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emve

I guess we'll have to be patient @gjones . Once spring gets going outside, that will probably be easier as there will be so much more to look at. For now I spend too much time trying to cheer them on.

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brightcolours

Such a difference to here where agaves can be very weedy!

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emve

I know @brightcolours! And here I practically tiptoe around it to help it stay alive 😂😂😂

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brightcolours

Which I could send you the hundreds of seeds I’ve binned!

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emve

Since we're imagining things that cannot be: With my track record, you should probably send actual plants instead of seeds🤣🤣🤣 I don't seem to do well with seeds @brightcolours, but I'll get it right eventually if I just keep practising. And I WILL have that huge agave one day, either if this one (by some miracle) survives, or I'll think of something else.

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brightcolours

Mona would happily send small babies too!!! The seeds fall to the ground and root very readily.

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brightcolours

What would I love to be able to grow easily? Deciduous trees with stunning autumnal foliage. Peonies. And other bulbs. Instead my garden is filled with easy care plants, particularly those with good foliage that provide year round interest.

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emve

Tree seedlings simply appear like magic around here. Almost invisible until the leaves unfold, and then suddenly it can feel like an invasion and I can totally see that could be considered a problem (for gardeners less crazy than I am). I wouldn't say I grow peonies easily, but I do grow them, and the sight of those red tips in springtime, there is nothing like it! I'd love to send you glorious fiery trees and the experience of red wonders pushing through soggy dirt! Happy Sunday! @brightcolours

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brightcolours

A wonderful thought! 🍁🍃🍁 Here’s some colour from my garden. ☀️🌴🌺

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emve

I wouldn't say I've had huge success with my agave seeds, but it is still early. Perhaps more will come. @gjones

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gjones

That one is doing good! Maybe more will come😊

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columbiariver

Come on little seeds!

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emve

After @gjones gave me the idea (always good to have someone to blame, right?), I bought and sowed the seeds on February 14th, and now this happened! I guess it might take a while for it to grow into that huge, architectual thing that I'm really dreaming of, but at least it's a start!

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emve

Oh, and today is February 21😁 (because I won't remember that when I look at it later) 2018.

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ShelleySnyder

At least it's a start!!😂😂💘😍

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gjones

Well ours are coming along SLOWLY, I'll post another photo at the beginning of March. Dont think either of us will have to worry about where to put it for awhile😁 Did you get one variety or a mixed seed packet?

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emve

I couldn't decide, so in addition to the americana, I also bought the octopus variety @gjones. I wanted the big ones 😁

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Opuntia

I have never thought of growing #agave from seed. They have baby plants at the base if you can find any locally.

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emve

They are so extremely expensive around here, @Opuntia, I prefer to invest the time instead😃

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