I am fascinated by agave blooms and also a little disturbed by them. They are striking and beautiful. But since agaves are monocarpic they bloom once and die, and who wants a big beautiful agave to die? Not me. Of course there are usually pups left behind so the mother plant does sort of live on through the babies.
Since most of my agave collection is potted (rather than planted in the ground), I didn’t think I’d ever experience an agave bloom spike, like the Germinatrix recently did. I figured I was forever stunting them and the plants wouldn't be able to achieve that level of "maturity."
I have been proven wrong by somone named Mike...
I found these images on the Northwest Palms Discussion Board. A fellow by the name of Mike has an Agave Parryi that is blooming, and it’s in a pot. Mike doesn’t give any information about where he lives but most of the people who post on this board are in the Pacific Northwest. Very interesting…it could happen here! It could happen to me!