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Laura Eubanks’s Agave Attenuata Variegata And How To Handle Her


Its Laura Eubanks of design for serenity with your succulent tip of the day and I am in my back garden. It is February 2nd. I don’t write and buy shirt sleeves with the sunshine. Oh, my gosh, we’re having Santa Ana conditions today, so you might hear my beautiful wind chime in the background as those warm easterly breezes waft through, all right. I have tortured you enough. Here’s the deal today. This agave attend Owada Variegata that I purchased about five or six years ago from the California Cactus Center in Pasadena. She has been magnificent. She’s one of my favorite plants in my garden. But in her great intelligence over the years, she has turned herself 90 degrees from where I planted her. I had her facing this way so that I could enjoy her from my back door and she in her. Great intelligence has been reaching for the light following the exposure. The Sun comes up this way, so she’s headed that way, but I I don’t want to look at her trunk. I want to look at her beautiful face. Also, I’m not a big fan of of a 10 yata trunks. Anyway, and you may not be either, so I want to show you how. I’m gonna handle this sitch, okay. I’m gonna take my trusty loppers and I am going to make a cut where you know, allowing a little bit of trunk so that I have something to stick back in the ground. Okay, oh, isn’t she spectacular? Look at the variegation on that. I just love her so much and no worries. If you’re new to the channel, you know we this is what we do and she will be fine. She will reroute in no time and continue living a Wonderful Life. Now remember, your garden is your playground. You decide how you want things to look and where you want things to be. This is the fun of gardening. So one man’s beauty might be another man’s nightmare. I don’t know, but for me. I don’t want to look at the trunk and I want to turn her face toward the door. So here we go now. Look at this gift that Mama has given me. She’s given me all these pups all these babies. So I’m gonna remove them -. Well, let’s see, let me get around to the other side. Here looks like some of the pups have reverted like this guy does not have any variegation boo. All right, but look at all the ones that do. Oh, my gosh! I’ve got let me grab my Clippers. Sorry, I’ve got a lot with variation now. The variation might not be as spectacular as moms, but I’m hopeful that over time is thick as the plant grows and matures, it will develop more and more variation. So I’m going to take this one, not too shabby, a little little bit of irrigation there big in that, but it’s these smaller ones that have the best and these are very little. You know, this is what mom was not much bigger than this when I bought her so. This is a good size to propagate with it’ll. Be fine, we’ve even got a little air route right there. So all of my babies. I will be replanting, probably these these smaller ones look at the variation on that. I’m gonna plant these in a pot. Now this is going to be a pot with dry potting soil and I’m not gonna water until the wound has a chance to callus or harden off, and perhaps even start throwing out some some little roots, because I remember when a plant is a cutting, it doesn’t have the ability to intake water. So why would you water it? That’s how you encourage rot, so just put it in a shady spot. Allow the wound to harden, allow some roots to form, and then you can start gently watering and that could take depending on the time of the year when you do it. It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Oh, goodness, here’s another one. Some cute little stripes on that one. This one looks a little ratty right now, but I bet it’ll be a winner. All right, now what, I’m going to do since I’ve removed all the pups is, I’m going to dig out the stump and I could take this with this rooted stump and put it in the shade and probably propagate more cuttings, more babies, more pups. You can do that if you want if you’ve got a garden of death, I encourage it then after I get this all out. I’m going to replace Mom and its place facing the way I like it so you can take this. We can trim up the roots. You don’t need all these, okay, and then this hot mess can go in a pot stuck off in the shade and chances are excellent. There’s enough energy left in this trunk to throw off even more pups. Okay, so I’m going to take my handy dandy multi-tool and dig out a little hole since we removed the root ball, This is really low me and soft and Sandy and really work a little soil in the soil’s a little bit damp, but it’s not wet and I know that we don’t have any rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. So I feel absolutely fine, taking this cutting and just popping it back in the ground. If you anticipate rain, then you will want to harden your plant off in a cool dry place before putting it back in the ground. All right, so here is my gorgeous pinata Variegata. And I’m gonna set her in this lovely little hole here. She’s gonna be pointing the direction that I want her to be in, and we’re gonna start this this life cycle all over again. This has been. Laura Eubanks of design for serenity reporting from my sunny February garden in San Diego, California, with Mama @n, Yada, Variegata. And your succulent tip of the day.