I was caught in total surprise this AM when I saw that my X Mangave 'Blood Spot' was developing a stalk and flower. Never ever had I thought about it flowering probably because I have never seen a photo of one or read anything about this happening. Is the plant monocarpic? I will continue taking and posting photos to share through the flower's growth and death. In the meantime, here are today's photos. Xuling
no idea it would bloom and never seen a photo
Exciting! Guess we'll soon find out if it's monocarpic or not. Fingers crossed!
It is a gorgeous plant. However it is suybject to bright and hot sun in the morning and late afternoon and some of the spots and leaves fade. But is has a great shape. Hopefully it will survive. Very curious about the flower. Will keep posting pics as the stalk grows. Xuling
Maybe it will create bulbils even if it's monocarpic.
Bulbils sometimes take a while, even a year after the inforescence appears.
I would be very surprised to learn it is not monocarpic.. the good thing is these are so common now, you can get large ones at Home Depot for cheap.
How come I can never find any? I think my local home depot just sucks. I should check a bigger one out.
My mangaves (I don't have blood spot) have bloomed without dying. I just cut the stalks off which grew very high and then had very disappointing blooms. Sorry, I can't remember the names of them.
palmbob, I was at a small local nursery which had lots of the 'Blood Spots' for sale and several of them had many babies, so I purchased one of those and they are happily growing in the ground now. Some day when larger I will separate them and scatter them around through out the garden. Xuling
Hey Xuling, Re monocarpic issue, I mistakenly stated that I had blooming mangaves. Once I started thinking about it, I remembered that my blooming plants were manfredas, not mangaves as I stated. So the bloom may indeed signal the plant's demise, but enjoy it in the mean time.
I am enjoying it and here are today's photos of the plant. It stalk is taller today and the flower head a little more defined. I had both a Manfreda 'Suavo Bravo' and an xMangave 'Macho Mocha' which bloomed either last year or two years ago (Xuling's poor memory) and had tall stalks with not much by the way of flowers, and they both died after giving me lots of babies which are now planted around the yard and growing like mad. Xuling
Odd... I have a Manfreda virginica (native to this area) that blooms every year and has not died. It has tall and insignificant blooms that are incredibly fragrant. The blooms stalks tower 6 feet over the plant.
Looking forward to seeing your bloom on the Mangave ~ it has very attractive foliage. Kristi
I will agree that the bloom will probably not be very showy but I would bet it will be fragrant. Looking forward.... Kristi
Nope ~ that's not all she wrote. This should be the end result... http://gallery.plantdelights.com/main.php?g2_itemId=7139 and when yours does bloom, I hope you will add the photos to the PlantFiles also. Also hoping to hear that it smells wonderful.
It is now 61" tall and the flower head is getting very small. My x Mangave 'Macho Mocha' and the Manfreda 'Suavo Bravo' variegata both had actual flower blossoms, albeit it they were not much of anything. This one doesn't look like it is going to blossom, although there is still enough of a head that it could. Xuling
64 inches and I guess it is not going to bloom in the common sense. As the stalk grows it sheds little blossoms which do not open and now there is almost nothing left of the tip blossom. very strange. xuling
Here are todays photos. The stalk is now a little over 66 inches. Since I don't know botany I am guessing that the little stalks with flower buds growing on them are all part of the "flower", which makes it a 22 inch tall flower. The very tip does not look like it is going to "open" as we think of flowers opening. And so far there are no hints that the plant is going to die, but it is early yet. And there are no little babies growing off the plant itself or as pups at the bottom. I will wait and see what happens. Xuling
It is now 71.5 inches tall. And the tip is quite small.The body looks fine so far. Xuling
As of today it is 74 inches tall. And the tall it grows the smaller the tip. xuling
Honestly, I never understood why you thought it wouldn't bloom. Keep on posting, thanks for the visual log!
Hola German Star, I thought that it would bloom in the beginning, but then began thinking that the bloom would be at the tip, not all up and down the stalk. I confuse easily. Xuling
Doesn't bloom until stalk construction is completed,
similar type blooms I have seen are beautiful when they all open at once... just you wait!
In 2010 I had a Manfreda 'Suavo Bravo variegata' that had a 9 foot stalk (+/-) that grew before my very eyes, but the blooms were not much of anything. But I do have lots of its babies planted all over the yard. And my xMangave 'Macho Mocha' had a tall stalk with not much by the way of flowers, but have lots of its babies planted all over the yard also. When these two have more babies I have no more room for them, what will I do? Xuling