Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rotten Agave

I recently noticed that one of my three Agave 'Blue Glow' was rotting away.  Dark soft tissue was radiating upwards into yellowing leaves.  My main fear is the Agave Snout Weevil of which I've heard such extreme horror stories.

Digging up the plant, I didn't spot any adult weevils nor any of the larvae that many online sources said I should see.  And though watered the same morning it was excavated, the soil didn't seem to be too wet.  The other two nearby Agaves seem fine (for now).  So I'm not sure what is the cause - but I think I'll be treating the area just to be safe.


  1. This looks like that darn weevil.....bummer. It starts off with one and then makes its rounds. Watch the other two.

  2. Hope you figure this out soon...those are nice-sized agaves.

  3. So sorry to hear about this loss. Those darned weevils. I lost a beautiful Blood spot agave this year. I fear I was the one who overwatered it!

  4. I have a whole page (just google... Agave Weevil Eradication ) with all the gory details.
    I hate them more than fire ants and that's saying a lot.

    IF there is no other logical reason for the rot, it's probably those villains at work.
    If you use the poison I mention on my page, keep it far away from any ferns or sago palms you might have near agaves. It shriveled the emerging fronds last year and I learned a painful lesson.

    All the best and hang in there!