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Postby Barefoot_Ted » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:20 pm

Howdy Folks

I have a bunch of sick agave and yucca. See photo below.

Any ideas as to what I can do to help them?

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Postby Buck Hemenway » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:59 pm

Ted,

They're not sick. They're just COLD. The recent below freezing temps in Southern California caused a number of plants that never show any damage from weather to take a pretty big hit.

Your plant will survive. I'd suggest waiting until the brownish parts of the leaves turn hard and then trim them off. the new leaves are protected within the bud that is constantly forming and they will come out with the same beautiful shape and color that you are used to seeing. This is a once in 10 or more year occurance, so hopefully we won't see damage to this extent for a long time.
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Postby Barefoot_Ted » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:03 pm

Wow, is that it?

Are you having the same problems in Riverside?

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Postby Buck Hemenway » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:15 pm

Worse, I'll try to get some pics this afternoon of what happened where it was really cold.
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Postby Barefoot_Ted » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:21 pm

Well, it is a relief to know the cause.

I also had some similar problems with some cactus, but other succulents and cactus fared better. Must depend on the species.

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Postby Buck Hemenway » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:24 am

It mostly depends on where their native habitat is. Tropicals and subtropicals that grow at or near sea level have the worst time of it. Plants that grow at 10,000 to 12,000 feet elevation in the Andes for example do well in the cold even though they may be native to the equator. Of course many of those will fry in very hot climates. Knowledge is key, that's why so many people hang out here.
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Postby Barefoot_Ted » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:29 am

Yes, I totally agree. Being able to write to this forum and get answers is like having access to the memories of 100s of ancestors, even better, and no spirit journey required.

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Postby daiv » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:20 am

Hey Barefoot Ted! How have you been? Good to see you bumping around here again!

Have you checked out any of the picture contests? This weeks is a real blast!

You still running around without any shoes on?

Hope you've been well.

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Postby Barefoot_Ted » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:27 am

Howdy

I have been lurking. My business and my running have been my passion over the last year.

Last year I went down to Chihuahua Mexico and ran with the Raramuri (Tarahumara) Indians. I learned about their huarache sandals and have learned how to make and run in them.

Last year included my participation in two 100 mile races along with a number of marathons and 50 mile races. Most were done barefoot or with Vibram FiveFingers barefoot shoes; however, I really like the new sandals that I am wearing. Very minimal, but very effective. The Raramuri are considered to be the greatest long-distance mountain runners in the world and it is the sandal they wear. The design in 1000s of years old, not like these big, cushioned, high-heeled orthotic boots people run in today.

Check out my Blog for lots of stories about running barefoot and otherwise... http://barefootted.com

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

PS. Keep up the great work. :P
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Postby rpw » Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:27 am

Looks like an Agave attenuata, one of the more cold sensitive agaves, wich will not tolerate temps much below freezing.
Very typical agave cold damage...
It is a cliff dweller native to the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Michoacan.
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