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    • GregVirginia7
      By GregVirginia7
      OK...I know this is a cold hardy palm forum but cold hardy agaves seem to really compliment cold hardy palms so I’m giving one a try...an Agave parryi var. truncata. It arrived bare root, though it was advertised as a 10” potted plant...the roots were a bit frayed so I cut off the sloppy ends and sprayed the whole root base with a copper fungicide, positioned it in the “prepared“ whole (the anticipation was a little weird on my part, I admit it) mixed the gravelly soil, poked it around the roots with a chopstick and gave it a good dose of water. Some thicker roots actually looked a bit desiccated. Hope I situated it good enough for sun exposure...it’s a little mixed but gets a good blast of sun from late morning to late afternoon. We have such tall trees in this bottom-of-the-bowl situation we have here In our local landscape but I think keeping it dry in the winter will go a long way to its success. Anyway, I added the second pic to tie it in with the Trachy trunk...if you look closely, you’ll see the agave bottom center...I’ll finish the surface off with a small quartz or granite gravel...
    • GregVirginia7
      By GregVirginia7
      So is my Trachy a boy? Pictures aren’t that great but flowers are very yellow...still hoping to see a hermaphroditic flower spike since my other Trachy is very young, has years to go till it flowers and I have no idea if it’s male or female...I know that would be a very rare occurrence but that would be interesting...
    • GregVirginia7
      By GregVirginia7
      Trachy pushing around 12-flower spikes this spring...I have no other Trachy’s of flower age yet so this is the only one in the immediate area...does the process of flowering sap energy from the palm that would otherwise be used to push fronds and height? Also, in the off-chance my Trachy is both sexes, should I just let the flower spikes form and see what happens? Last year was the first time it flowered but I hacked them off thinking they were a waste of time and energy for the poor, lonely Trachy, but wondering now what the chances are of it flowering with both parents in mind...most of the spike’s pods are beginning to burst out in flower while several others are just emerging about 2+ weeks behind the others...is that an indication of anything...suggestions or info.?
    • teddytn
      By teddytn
      I started these three rostratas from seed in 2014, at that point I was in the hunt for any cool looking plants that would survive in Tennessee. I had no idea if they would survive long term, but so far they have shown no winter damage over the years. Thought I would share some pics! The first pic is in 2015 when I planted them and the most recent is from last week.











    • teddytn
      By teddytn
      Hoping anyone growing these can help. I’m picking up 2-5 gallon sabal Louisiana soon, just curious what everyone’s actual experience with them are. Are they just as cold hardy as sabal minor? Do they need to be protected in bad winters? Prone to spear pull? Thanks in advance!!
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