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How Long Before Century Plant Blooms Again?

During a backyard graduation party last summer, the main attraction was our century plant in full bloom. It grew to about 14 feet tall! Will we be able to witness this show again?

The century plant (Agave americana) is quite impressive when in bloom. I was lucky enough to see the one at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservatory bloom. They had to remove a pane or two of glass from the ceiling to allow the flower to reach its full height. Once the plant flowers the main rosette of leaves usually dies. The offsets (pups) will take over, grow and eventually flower. I may take 10 to 15 years for the offsets to bloom. So be patient – as you know – the spectacular floral display is worth the wait.

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