I haven’t started gardening outside yet because of our continuing cold spring. The result? It seems I just need to water something and my agaves, unfortunately, seem to be the unfortunate recipients of my need to nurture.
Now agave are succulents, and don’t actually need to be watered that often. All of mine, except for one new addition, are potted up in clay containers. The new one is still in its original plastic nursery container. So combine the plastic container with a bit too much water and before I realized it, the new agave was starting to die. My experience so far on agave death is that it can happen before you realize you are in trouble and then you get to watch as the plant quickly succumbs.
So far, and possibly lucky for me, I’ve just trimmed off a layer of leaves that have died. And the remaining plant seems to have stabilized – but only time will tell.
In death, the dried leaves are razor sharp but beautifully textured. I’ve saved a couple and will probably regret it because the dried leaves are razor sharp. But they’ll be a reminder to be a bit more regimented about my routine and look before I water.