Agave Americana (Century Plant)
|March 13, 2004 - I pulled the plants from the back of
the shed and moved them to the area where the rest of the plants are. I
used a piece of plywood to act as a sled so the damage to the plants was
minimal. I planted the two largest ones on the far side of the corral, on
each side of a prickly pear cactus that has gotten very large with no
care. From the house, they can barely be seen.
March 12, 2004 - There were 3 Agave next to the back
of the shed with a dozen nice suckers growing from them. As I dug them up,
I found 3 levels of landscaping block I had placed there years before,
over 18" below the soil level. The roots had grown through and under the
March 8, 2004 - I'm in the process of relocating the ones behind the shed because I want to move the shed back and build a carport adjacent to the house.
Over the years I have pulled some Agave Americana plants from the gully behind the house. They seem to thrive here with some water and the manure from the horses as natural fertilizer. It started with several plants behind the shed, which grew very fast. I put one at the entry into the driveway. Two in particular did so well, I moved them to the front behind the hitching post. In November 2003, I trimmed the two large ones and pulled out over 30 'suckers' which I have planted. There were many insects living in the two large Agave, including the biggest Black Widow spider I have ever seen.