A few days ago I moved some of the agaves taking almost permanent residence in the sun room out into the patio. I thought I better give them a break from being cooped up inside all the time and let it have a taste of fresh air and unfiltered sun.
|Agave pedunculifera (?)|
|Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'|
Plus they were gathering dust, dirt, debris and they could do with a shower which will be possible and convenient to do if they are outside.
|Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'|
|Even the Agave weberi 'Arizona Star' in our kitchen is having time outside, but only for a couple of days|
|Looking much more butch but even more bendy - Agave attenuata|
|They looked silly billy leaning like this|
|It rained really hard today which gave them a good shower!|
I had to cut off some of the lower leaves in the process and they look a lot smaller now (for obvious reasons). I'm still not sure whether I like the way they look now, more likely because I miss them looking stockier with a long trunk but I'll get used to it.They'll look for the better eventually by giving them this treatment now.
Convention says that you have to let the cut part callus first before repotting it but I just slashed and shoved it in fresh potting mix straight away. In Madeira they root Agave attenuata cuttings in buckets of water, not something you can do with other agaves. It's one of the agaves that are easy to re root and I've done this a few times, cut and shove into soil and they do just fine.
Touch wood, I hope these re root and re establish. If they don't and they rot and I'll let you all know and you can tell me off...