Dasylirion quadrangulatum pushing a flower spike

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Dasylirion quadrangulatum pushing a flower spike

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Some years ago I bought a big (= expensive) Dasylirion quadrangulatum. Lovely thing, standing guard by my front porch and reaching nearly 3m to the top of the leaves. Judging from the trunk it has historically flowered twice in its long life, once around 10 years ago under my curatorship. This event was spread over two years, pausing over winter and, unfortunately, getting frost damage that prevented the final flourish from being perfect.

I noticed recently a new spike starting to push out of the crown - this is early! Hopefully it will make it before the end of the growing season. I will chart its progress! Here today.


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Fingers crossed, I love a plant with lots of "Anticipation" value :)
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Great news Paul, that really is a stunning plant already and I can imagine how great it will look when the flower spike is fully formed.

Exciting news on the other plants you have coming into flower too... I wonder if it is coincidence or if there was a common 'trigger' for them to start to flower this year?
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Paul, looking forward to seeing it in all its glory. My own plant decided to flower in late October and the frost killed it off. In my climate it took over four years to get a newly formed head. Similarly with Dasylirion miquihuanensis which did flower it has taken ages for a new head to form.
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Mine flowered 3 years ago (I think, I need to check). Surprisingly the formation of the flower stem and the actual flowering happened within one growing season. The formation of the new growing point took about 12-18 months. Again, surprisingly fast for my climate.
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Slow progress.


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Today, from further back.


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Slow progress - its been so cold!

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Very nice! That Butia looks amazing also
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Thanks! The butia grows really slowly - I planted it in 1997 at which time it didn't quite reach the top of the brickwork. By rights it should be a yard or more taller but we are so dry here it slows the growth rate right down. Still, as you say, it is nice enough.
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