Monday, October 5, 2020

Agave coring, kinda, sorta...

Perhaps you've heard of agave propagation through drilling, aka agave coring. I wrote about it back in 2012, and Gerhard did a much better post in 2013. What I'm writing about today isn't really agave coring, and most people familiar with Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' would laugh at the idea you needed to do anything to get it to pup, as it's known as a fairly prolific pupper.

The idea behind coring an agave, is that by destroying the growing point at the center of the plant (the apical meristem), you cause it to produce pups. 

The center of this plant rotted out late last year. I didn't toss the plant because the rest of it was solid and I was curious what would happen. Here's a photo I shared on Instagram back in July when I noticed the hole at the center of the plant had completely closed up.
And here's what it looks like now. It's sending a pup out the center of the plant!
How crazy is that?

Weather Diary, Oct 4: Hi 69, Low 58/ Precip 0 

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