Agave
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century plant

Zone 77566 | Connie Marshall added on May 24, 2018 | Answered

If my century plant sends out adventitious shoots and produces new little genetically identical plants, why does it need to bloom and at such great expense?

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WillCreed
Answered on May 25, 2018

Your Agave is genetically programmed to put out a flower stem near the end of is life, normally after about 30 years in its native habitat. After it flowers, it gradually dies as it puts out the adventitious roots and new plants to carry on. Bromeliads also react similarly, gradually dying after flowering, but putting out baby plants before dying.

Nature has many unusual ways to propagate and carry on the species. The way that it does that is usually adapted to its native environment.

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