Agave Bloom Update

No viable seed, apparently.  
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Will there be bulbils?
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The very top segment is blooming and covered with happy bees.  After that...kaput?
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The plant itself is deflating like a tire losing air.  Offsets are beginning to thrive:
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  1. That is a beautiful agave. It's a shame that the plant dies after flowering. Glad to hear the babies are thriving though.

    Amy

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  2. I used to think it was sad, until I witnessed the whole process--the bees and hummingbirds getting so much nectar and pollen, the offsets thriving. Now I realize it is not sad at all, but a phoenix-like renewal. It's been beautiful to watch, really.

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  3. Are these the same desmettianas that began sending up their bloom spikes last September? I have one that just started its spike, and I'm trying to figure out how long until I lose it (and have, hopefully, hundreds of babies to rehome). I'm in Austin, though, which might also affect things.

    Thanks a bunch! Your pictures are beautiful.

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  4. Goodness gracious! It's been an entire year long process! I hadn't realized they started a year ago. Wow. Your comment prompted me to look back at old posts, and I was shocked at the date, 9/13/2011.

    http://pieceofeden.blogspot.com/2011/09/agave-desmettiana-begins-to-bloom.html

    Yes those are indeed the same desmettianas. Wow. A whole year of bloom. Amazing, eh?

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