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Century plant questions

Posted by heidiho St. Martinville, La. (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 21, 09 at 23:48

Someone gave me several small century plants all in a 10" pot.
When can I plant these in the yard, and should I seperate each small plant or keep them all in a clump? Will they grow fast? Should I feed them? Not sure of the species but the leaves are light green and don't have spines on them.
Sorry I'm not much help but can't post a photo. Will try to find a forum that I can post the photo.
Thanks for your time and have a nice Sunday.

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RE: Century plant questions

  • Posted by heidiho St. Martinville, La. (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 21, 09 at 23:49

This is not the original picture but I found one online that looks like it.

RE: Century plant questions

All Agaves have a sharp terminal spine on each leaf. If your plant does not have them, it must be something else.
Assuming it really is an agave, there are only a couple with smooth leaf margins that look like the plant you linked:

Agave vilmoriniana

Agave attenuata


RE: Century plant questions

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 22, 09 at 15:32

It looks like Agave attenuata, which has a point on the end of the leaf, but it's not very sharp. They form nice clumps, and prefer morning sun/afternoon shade here. You can separate or let them form a clump. Too much sun and they sunburn, too much shade and they get elongated and droopy. They grow everywhere around here.

Above all, good drainage and no frost. Here they grow well on no irrigation (12" of winter rain only). Common name Foxtail Agave (foxtail-like bloom spike).

RE: Century plant questions

  • Posted by heidiho St. Martinville, La. (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 23, 09 at 1:23

Yes it does look like the attenuata (foxtail).
I'll keep them in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Thanks so very much for ya'll help.
I really appreciate it. Now I can put them in the ground where they belong.
Have a nice week.

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