A very bright morning in Agaveville

GeeS 9bNovember 29, 2012

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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Beautiful!!
Love the 3rd one!

It is a very nice morning here today. :-)

JoJo

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 11:58AM
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GeeS 9b

Thank you. Early morning sun may be harsh, but I can never resist the bright colors it evokes!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:05PM
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hanzrobo(11)

Wow! You are living the dream.
You're going to get all these nice folks even more hooked on Agaves than they already are (for some that's not possible).

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:09PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

What part of Arizona are you in?
I'm in Tucson.
JoJo

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:19PM
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GeeS 9b

Hi there! Tucson is a true Mecca for Agaves, much more so than my neck of the woods. You have some fabulous cactus/Agave nurseries, i.e. Bachs, B & B, Arid Lands, etc. I'm in the VOTS, more or less -- Fountain Hills.

This post was edited by GermanStar on Thu, Nov 29, 12 at 13:49

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:39PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I just love that first one. If it ever pups....hmmm.. What type is it ? I know you mentioned it but I forgot.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:00PM
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GeeS 9b

#1 is a bit of a mystery. It definitely has some substantial A. salmiana going on, but it just doesn't look quite right. My guess is an A. salmiana/A. americana hybrid. It has a small basal pup now, but it's wedged under a lower leaf and I can't get to it. When that leaf dies (likely next summer) and I have a shot at removing it, you're welcome to it.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:25PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I recognized the Salmiana in it. I have a recurving Salmiana ferox but I love the lean tallness and the marginal teeth are so un teated on this one compared to mine. It's form is beautiful. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against teats,,, LOL , I couldn't help myself.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:33PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

Ahhh-gaves! Cannot get enough of them...very nice!

Please tell me the name of the one in the third pic from the top...?

Thanks!

Tom

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 8:30PM
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GeeS 9b

That is A. zebra. You'll find another example of A. zebra in Pic #2.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 8:39PM
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cactusmcharris

So it's that kind of party.... Here's a not-so-bright one (5:49 a.m. in May) that I must have got from a Mesan friend and occasional visitor here - is this too A. zebra?

Thank you,

Jeff

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:09PM
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GeeS 9b

I dun tink so. Looks more like A. americana from here....

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:25PM
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cactusmcharris

I told you I'm terrible with IDing them - if it isn't A. applanata 'Cream Spike' I don't know what it is. I've got Greg's book, but don't have it, if you know what I mean, but will have it when I meet you. Thanks - that's one down and 13 to go.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:30PM
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GeeS 9b

A couple more from this morning...

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 11:50PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Beautiful agaves all. But Im definitely going to get a A. zebra now! I really need to relocate to a warmer climate.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:52AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

A. zebra is on my short lust over list but I am still a bit wary of it because it is very moisture intolerant or that is what I am lead to believe from its description.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 11:27AM
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GeeS 9b

Yes, A. zebra is considered one of the more xeric species, but on the plus side, it's relatively hardy and tolerates full sun (always a plus here in the Valley). I have four of 'em, and a few highly cherished pups, as well (A. zebra is typically solitary).

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 12:04PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

An A. zebra in every pot, I say!

One for me too...I poked around a bit, looking for a pot-sized specimen that might be available. Not much luck, and not sure if shipping this time of year is a good idea...

I also think they get pretty hefty, no?

If you guys bump into any that are available, would you please post?

Thank you!

Tom

Tom

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 12:05PM
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GeeS 9b

Not one of your larger Agaves, see Post #1, Pic #2 for a sense of scale. The Agave in back is only about 4' across.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 12:36PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

4 ' is not large to me but large for those that depend on greenhouses to get them through the winter. I would guess that I am barely marginal here. cold sometimes comes with wet. not this winter, but some. This winter, no cold, no rain in over 2 months. It is a desert agave from the Sonoran desert mountains of western mexico. it is from supposedly the hottest and driest area of North America. I wonder if they get winter moisture .Those crossbanded stripes are like honey to this bee.

I better get out there and plant those other agaves before I start thinking about acquiring anything more.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 1:09PM
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GeeS 9b

OK, but look at the pic I referenced, the A. zebra is not the 4-footer. The Agave behind the A. zebra is about 4' across. This is not a particularly large plant.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 1:33PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

eye candy for Agave lovers, thanks! :)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 9:52PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

I only found A. zebra on-line for 30$. And that's for a 7" plant. As far as being xeric I really need to revamp my potting soil first. I have already lost A. utahnesis and neomexicana sunspot this summer under heavy rains.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 10:57AM
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GeeS 9b

You can likely get a 5-gal sized plant from B & B Cactus in Tucson, A. zebra is frequently counted amongst their stock. They don't sell online, but they will ship if you call them and order over the phone. Of course, you're going to want to wail until April or so at this point.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:25AM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Thanks GS, I will check them out. They never came up on a Google search.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 7:45PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

GS -

Thanks for the lead on B&B. I have read that A. zebra is hardy to 15F...have you known B&B to toss in a heat pack and ship?

Thanks!

Tom

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:31PM
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GeeS 9b

Sorry, no clue, B & B is a storied walk-in nursery with an Int'l reputation, they don't actively seek this type of business, but will accommodate bare-root shipments. You'd just have to call and ask, I suppose. The info on this link looks hopeful...

Here is a link that might be useful: B & B Cactus Farm

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:44PM
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GeeS 9b

@wantonamara: Pup alert!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 2:46PM
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GeeS 9b

Available for trade, this is shaping up as an enormous pup. That little monster is nearly 3" across. It's huge.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 2:48PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

YES , I am interested!. God knows what I have that you don't already have. LOL I will email you some time this evening with a more comprehensive list.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 3:59PM
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GeeS 9b

Pupdate.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:13AM
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GeeS 9b

More pupdate. Little guy is now vertical.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:10PM
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GeeS 9b

And a solo shot...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:11PM
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