Today my husband sawed off the 15 foot, drying stalk of the Agave Lophantha I chronicled in previous Bloomin' Tuesday posts in March and April. (Post 1) (Post 2) (Post 3) (Post 4) It had shrunk in diameter by about two-thirds as it dried, but had it not been cut, it would have stayed partially green for five or six more months. It was leaning badly, as you can see with the position of the stub in the photo below. It was time for it to go.
The dying process of this Agave has been going on for four months now, and it will be be late fall before it's dried completely. Before then, I'll have it removed.
And, a surprise that I didn't notice until today. A new pup has come up as a replacement, just as nature intended, close to the mother plant. It had remained partially hidden by the drying Agave leaves. I'll have a new Agave without having to move the irrigation emitter. It will take years to reach the size of the mother plant.