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Sotols: a few thoughts and questions
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 3/24/2018, 5:08 pm
I have both a Dasylirion Berlandieri ("blue twister") and a Dasylirion Miquihuanensis ("tree sotol") in fully exposed sites here in Charlotte. Both have been in the ground about 13 years, were acquired from Yucca Do Nursery, are in raised beds with plenty of gravel and lime, and have done well. They don't favor single-digit temps (which we occasionally have) and their tips brown some, but not badly.
The blue twister blossomed about 6 years ago, and since then some 4 "whorls" have emanated from the former central point. It is now quite sprawling. What might it morph into in say the next 5 years? Will it ever become tree-like?
The tree sotol I just noticed today is putting up an asparagus spike (seems early in the season). It has a nice form. Will this year's blossom mean that the plant will morph into whorls next year like the blue twister did? I am 66 years old; will it have a significant trunk in my lifetime??
In the case of both sotols, I annually trim the dead lower row of leaves. They are nice plants, and compliment some Agaves and Yuccas that I have.