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Q.Agave/Century Plant

Anonymous added on June 19, 2015 | Answered

I have a pretty large Century plant that the majority of the “leaves” have flopped over. I have watered it a couple of times this spring thinking it might need water, but that didn’t help. Just curious what I can do to get the “leaves” to stand up again.

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Answered on June 20, 2015

Well, this is a bit puzzling since most 'floppiness' of the leaves is normally related to water stress. Of course, there is supposedly a particular variety of agave that flops naturally, though I think you would know if you had this type. With a little poking around, I did find another possibility, though it would likely be in a desert-like climate to be the case. An insect pest - agave snout weevil - can actually cause this to happen. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/agave/agave-snout-weevil-control.htm
I would certainly check the roots or crown of the plant for signs of rot, whether from too much water or a pest. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/root-rot-in-garden-plants.htm

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