Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Michelle Duggar of agaves

I was deadheading yesterday and I noticed that I had some agave pups that I could relocate. When I looked closer, one agave had a petticoat of pups that you could barely see, they were so smashed underneath. I actually had to dig Mama Duggar up, unwind all the pups, and put her back in the ground.

Mama Duggar this winter, plotting her fecundity

All but one of these came from this agave.

NOID Agave americana?

I thought it only right to give them names.

Edited to add: if any of you are unfamiliar with the Duggars, they're an obnoxious family that had their own show on TLC because they had 19 kids, all of whom were named with J names. She was going to keep having babies "as long as the lord wanted her to." Now they lobby Congress to outlaw birth control. Ick.

Now take it easy, lady. You've given me something to take to the next plant exchange! Your work here is done.

How's your agave crop this year?


  1. I live in the land of agaves but don't get the number of pups you've managed to produce - impressive! What's even more intriguing is how you came to pick those particular names for the pups.

  2. The lord spoke to me and gave me those names! Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on with the crazy number of pups. Happiness? Stress? Impending death?

  3. I'm going to do the same with my Aloe ...names?

  4. Wow, you're an agave great-mama extraordinaire! I really need to harvest my pups before winter, thanks for the reminder.

  5. portlandtreetour.wordpress.comSeptember 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    They are adorable -- congratulations!

  6. Pretty clever of you to give them all J names. When you want to see all your grandkids all you have to do is open the door and yell, "Hey J.D." and they'll all come a runnin'. Congratulations on your agave's many progeny. With the tax break you'll get from claiming them all as dependents, you'll be able to plop that hot tub in the front garden before you know it, just like the Portlandia people think you should.