Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I think I might have a problem.
No, I am not talking about the fact that I buy more plants than I should (there is simply no cure for that, at least not one I’m interested in finding). No I’m talking about this sort of brownish crusty business that’s showing up on some of my agaves. Recently I spent time with the plants over wintering in the basement...cutting off dead leaves, dumping a few unfortunate ones that obviously headed into dormant season with too much water (= brown mushy business) and just generally checking them all, up close and personal. That’s when I finally realized this might be more than just a passing situation, and that’s not to say this is the first time I’ve seen this. No it’s been going on for awhile; I’ve just been really good at ignoring it. Plus when they go outside for the sunny summer months they seem to snap out of it as soon as they start to grow again. Agave desmettiana variegata seems to be especially susceptible. These pictures (above and below) are it on my midsized plant. On the outer edges of the leaves of the largest plant. This is it on Agave Cornelius… An unidentified blue Agave from my brother in Phoenix… An (unknown) Agave pup… And even this little Agave parryi cream spike seems to have got it. So…does anyone know what’s going on? Please tell me it's not deadly!?