RMan and a neighbour, E, used to do the installation and maintenance of the potable water system, and the reading of each individuals water meters in our smallholding communnity. Even though there are 150-odd smallholdings in our area, we are not "formally" recognised by the local authorities as a "settlement" and are thus not entitled to "services".
Whilst travelling to do the water meter readings RMan spotted these plants growing at the entrance to once of the smallholdings.I'm sorry I didn't get a pic of them in flower - they looked seriously impressive!
However, RMan did pick up some of the fallen flower buds / seed carriers.
|No exactly sure how to propagate agaves,|
I just plonked the base of the "flower" into
some potting soil and hoped for the best...
Not finding any info online on how to propagate agaves, I just plonked the bottoms into a pot of soil in effort to try and grow them, so that, if I am successful, we could then place them, together with some aloe plants, along the front (dirt road) fence of our property. They may not look like much sans flowers, but they are certainly water-wise, and will help to distinguish our property from the others nearby.
|Aloes with red flowers...|
|... and aloes with yellow flowers|
|The successfully rooted Agave plants|
|Kei apple trees|
|Spekboom - propagated from our existing plants|
Also, I understand that spekboom is excellent at
carbon fixing - so, to help reduce our carbon footprint,
I need to grow as many as I can, I reckon.
|Home propagated lavender|
|Geraniums propagated from our existing plants|
We have planted groupings of 14 identical plants per section, so in years to come it should, hopefully, look stunning! 😉
Three of the plants are edible (Kei apple, spekboom and numnum) and all are waterwise 😃 Which is just as well as our drought continues and we have had only 5.5mm ( .2 of an inch) of rain since the 12th February...😟
Although I have never served spekboom in a salad or soup for our personal consumption - yet - apparently, alpacas can also eat it. Due to their carbon fixing properties I'd love to plant up a whole field of them... (Don't tell RMan, but I think I'm going to surreptitiously get that going.)
You can read more about the history of South African agaves here. It's a pity that neither RMan nor I drink tequila... ;)