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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
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
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
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
Probably the growing tip has stopped. Today it is still 74". However the flowerettes (?) from the lowest on the spike to the tip is 29" long.
The flowerettes look like they might bloom; I guess that I will find out shortly. Xuling
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
It could be a long time "dying" . Now your is a mangave but I have (had?) a Agave vilmoriniana - octopus agave that bloomed last year - 2011and it has yet to "die". Its flower stalk formed hundreds of bulbils that most all still look viable even today . The plant fell over on its side , I presume the weight of the flower stalk finally caused the roots to give way . A few "pups " formed on the trunk itself , it never had sucker pups . I chose for whatever perverse reason to leave the plant alone for observation as to whether leaving the stalk adjacent to the ground if the bulbils would take root laying there . They do not appear to have yet but it is not "dead" yet either.
It is possibe. but I am so close to them everyday that I cannot tell. Also the pic above is a different flowerette than the other pics so it could just be bigger. With my luck it will hold off blooming until I leave. Xuling
Maybe I am making this up, but today's pic seems to show the floweretees fattening up a tiny bit and maybe growing longer a tiny bit. Still not ready to bloom and I am leaving Tuesday AM for 5 weeks. Maybe it won't bloom until I return???? Xuling
I think they do look a bit bigger compared to the brown 'pieces' at the bottom, but hard to tell. Who would have know they were going to take so long and to measure the flowerettes. Wish I could beam myself up there to water and take pictures. This has been fun watching. Enjoy your trip!
Well it did bloom while I was gone. Here are two pics of it after blooming. These photos are a little delayed as it took awhile to get reorganized when back home, but they were like this when I came back. And the plant body still seems fine although it may die yet, and then again it may not. I am sorry that I missed the bossoms, but not enough to cancel a 5 week trip to Spain and Portugal - ja ja ja xuling
Welcome home Xuling ~ we were thinking about your blooms now and again.
Too bad there wasn't a time lapse photographing system available.
We will never know if it was fragrant. Did it deliver any seed pods?
Hola Podster, if the little black section at the end of the flower is not a seed pod, then I would guess no as I have not seen anything else on the stalk. (I always though those sections were for seeds, but I don't know anything about the plants). Xuling
I trimmmed off the stalk because with the rain and wet soil the weight was causing the plant to bend and I was afraid it might fall over. However it doesn't look so good, kind of like it is in a dying phase. It could be the winter blues, but I don't remember seeing it so lacking in color. It looks pale. Xuling
I was gone for 5 weeks during which period it bloomed and the flowers died back. So you can use the early October period as the flower die back period, and now it it the end orf December (almost) so maybe nothing is going to happen? xuling
My garden has honeybees and bumblebees and hummingbirds, but now that you mention it I have never seen them at the plant. They love the Hesperaloe and other summer perenials. So is the Blood Spot going to die? Do you know palmbob? Xuling
I am not sure, still.. the one I posted in the above photo, despite it sending off a lot of offshoots as though it were a 'last gasp' still shows no signs of dying yet. Some agaves take years to actually die after flowering (my Agave celsii NOVA didn't start looking like it was going to die until over three years post flowering, and then it really just sort of got tatty and ragged so I dug it up and tossed it out... it still wasn't actually looking like it was dying yet.. .but no longer acceptable as a specimen for the garden). And then some Agaves just don't seem to die after flowering (like Agave ornithobroma and some Agave strictas).
An update to the last photo. The 'Blood Spot' looks worse. More pale. It was under cover for about 9 days due to freezing weather here. (Freezing for us) I personally think that it is on its way out unfortunately. I removed some dried dead leaves at the bottom and saw no signs of any babies. Or well, another vacant space for another plant if it doesn't survive. Xuling
Here it is. Dead So that answered the Monocarpic question, at least for this plant. Also a photo of its space that is now available for another plant. Due to the freeze we had plus some other problems I threw out 3 large plants and several small ones, and have been pulling off the rotting lower leaves of various Agaves and shoving rocks into the space to keep them from touching the soil. This has been a really bad year for losing plants, perhap 20 or more easily. Xuling
All the leaves were losing more and more color and looking really anemic, and when I touched the lower ones they fell off. It isn't a Yucca, not that that makes any difference about my knowedge of the plant, but to my eyes it was dying and I got tired of watching its slow death. I could pull it out of the garbage and replant it if you really think that it might grow something. I did not chop it up. I could put it in a pot to keep its roots drier. Let me know what you think GermanStar. Xuling
I agree about the pic, it makes it look much better than it was/is. But in the garden, watching it since it bloomed, and fading away even in the good weather I do feel comfortable in removing it. And I don't do it lightly. I don't even pick my flowers as I like them on the plant better. X