Last summer, in one of my succulent frenzies, I sort of fell in love with this guy. . .
He is an agave -- Agave 'spot' -- to be precise. (Tequila comes from the agave plant . . . although not this particular agave.) I like the texture of this plant . . . and I'm pretty much a sucker for spotted leaves.
This agave was quite happy in a pot out on my patio all summer long.
Then, I brought him inside for the winter -- expecting him to go into a dormant stage.
But something odd started happening.
First, his leaves started to yellow, beginning from the tips and moving up. I was disappointed, but I thought maybe it was part of the dormancy stage. I cut off the offending leaves and kept him in a sunny spot and gave him some water whenever he was really, really, really dried out.
His leaves kept dying. And the ones that remained (and a couple of new ones) were lighted in color -- and didn't have spots.
And then. . . something amazing started to happen!
This. . .
grew up out of the middle of the plant! He's going to flower! That stalk-thing is over 5 feet tall! And there is a bloom on the tip.
All of the information I can find on agaves (and the Spot, in particular) mention that they sometimes bloom in the summer. And rarely indoors. And here is my guy. . . ready to bloom. Indoors. In January.
I'm not sure if these plants normally lose their leaves and begin to die when they're going to bloom or not. . . but that's what mine seems to be doing. My only hope for longer-term survival is this. . .
These two little "shoots" are popping up in the pot. New little agaves? Perhaps!
I'll keep you posted on the bloom . . . and the "shoots." In the meantime, Spot is giving this gardener something to futz over in the dormant season. Go, Spot, Go!