Limp agave

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Question: Wilted agave

hi, I live in Piedmont last spring I transplanted an agave in the garden, it was very well. the plant was all limp, and with black spots on the leaves that are in the center (on the leaves that should open). plus I found a hole in the ground, I think it's a mole cricket. Can you explain to me what it is due to all this? and how could I do to cure her.how can I post photos, at least you can get a clearer idea.


Answer: Wilted agave

Dear Leo,

most of the species of agave that can be grown in the garden are not very afraid of frost, and can bear minimum temperatures even close to -10 °, or even -15 ° C; the winter of 2011-2012 in Italy was truly a record winter, with snow even in the plains and temperatures well below the seasonal averages, and all this for a few weeks. Even though your plant was covered, correctly and sensibly, the cold was so intense that it ruined the plant. Now that your agave is ruined, don't worry too much, it has survived and is already a good sign. To prevent the leaves attacked by frost from becoming a vehicle of fungal diseases, or that the rot they will encounter spreads to the rest of the plant, it is advisable to clean the agave thoroughly, eliminating all the dark and limp parts. Then arm yourself with a well-sharpened shears, or even a small hacksaw, with clean and disinfected blades, and remove all the leaves, or parts of the leaf, damaged by the frost. At the end of the operation, no dark spots or zoning should remain, even if it is found on new leaves. In this way, in addition to removing the dead or dying parts of the agave, you will stimulate the plant to quickly produce new healthy and lush leaves.

As for the mole cricket, unfortunately it is a very harmful insect, which lives underground and eats roots and tubers; to get rid of it there are special baits on the market, which are also used against snails. After a heavy rain, place a little tinder near the hole you noticed and possibly hide it with leaves or something else. Check in the following days if you find any mole cricket corpses, which must be eliminated, to prevent the small animals that feed on them from being poisoned by the bait ingested by the mole cricket.

You can also prepare traps against mole crickets, using plastic water bottles, to be buried; place a piece of potato or carrot inside the bottle, then hide the entrance to the trap with pieces of a jar or other cover. The mole cricket will be attracted to the scent of vegetables, but once it falls into the trap it will hardly be able to get out. Adult mole crickets are about four or five centimeters long, so make traps that are at least ten centimeters deep, and cover them with something, even a broken tile is fine, because mole crickets, if necessary, can make small flies, and therefore would quickly escape from a trap without a lid.

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