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Old 03-05-2013, 10:10 PM
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Finally! I'll get my border back in a year or so.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:38 PM
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How old is that bad boy?
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:46 PM
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It's been there since '98, so add a year or two.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:29 PM
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Congratulations! I remember you griping about that plant when you showed me your place last summer. At least you should get a nice show before it gives you that space back.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:08 AM
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That will be cool to see it bloom. Cross it with a highly spotted Manfreda.

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:32 PM
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Deliberately crossing it with anything will require either a remote-control helicopter or kinder neighbours than I have.

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:09 PM
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You should have several weeks to get the hang of it.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:44 AM
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I've heard that there are drones available for that sort of thing.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:41 AM
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Latest view of the thing.

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That is a massive one, approximately how tall is it?
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:03 AM
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Tim,

So the earliest you'd expect open flowers is in ....May?

I'm glad to see its progression.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:05 PM
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The block wall behind it is 5'6". No idea when it will actually bloom, but it is growing inches/day at the moment.

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The first spent Agave flower spike I got to wrestle was one that we tastefully attached (I think plumber's tape and #10 pan-head sheet metal screws, along with a bottle of wine, were involved) to a wall - it provided a great avian perch for years.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:17 PM
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It's slowing down a bit - won't be a telegraph pole.

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Old 04-19-2013, 09:42 PM
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Once it starts flowering, you could just hack a few leaves off if you wanted access to the stalk, right? Given the unusual nature of A. applanata, it might be a particularly interesting species to hybridize.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:22 PM
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I don't have the space for hybrids I want, let alone progeny from this thing!

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Old 06-20-2013, 10:30 PM
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Here it is at sunset, the flowers started opening at the start of this week. The mockingbirds seem to love hopping up the branches like a spiral staircase.

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Interesting thread about more agaves, I'm wondering, Tim, about your plan for fewer agaves. Namely one particular agave. I wouldn't want to damage the alluaudia in the picture. If you wait until it's dried out, I'd think it would be much more difficult. Also, what's the right tool for the job? I think it would be too fibrous to attack with a chainsaw. I saw a program on tequila making at the San Diego club, and they used what amounts to a flat shovel with a sharp edge to chop off individual leaves until they're down to the ball. Bet that would give me sore shoulders the next morning! If it was accessible I think the right tool would be a long chain wrapped twice and a pickup truck.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:01 PM
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I plan to use something like a small sickle on a 5' (maybe longer will be needed) handle to remove leaves individually. I know it will be a long job. I just hope the aloes and cyphostemma underneath will make it.

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I have a high limb chain saw that is a two way chain on ropes. I think one could tread it through between the wall and then cut. It is aerobic exercise but not too bad, But it I use it a lot on taller limbs (relative term hear in the land of short trees) I would take out the top of the plant and leave the roots. Maybe the fibers would be a hinderance. How fibrous are the cores?

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Old 06-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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I use a cordless reciprocating saw (aka sawzall) with a long metal blade (fine teeth cut through fibrous succulents better)....makes short work of agaves and furcraea.
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How fine, Like metal fine or just dry wood fine and not Green wood toothy?
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:37 PM
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Metal...as fine as they make them. Big teeth only leave loose fibers everywhere...metal blades make a clean cut.
I also use them to cut palm fronds.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:04 PM
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omg,THAT is an awesome Operculicarya decaryi..and that ain't easy to spell.
I had one chance to move to soucal- Culver City- in 2004. Oh,how I should be down there...
I couldn't cut my bay area roots. Now,I'm thinking FLorida where my last decade In-laws live. Maybe one day. That might be too hot for this life long bay arean.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:20 PM
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No Operculicarya in the picture, that's a Fouquieria.

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