Agave: language of agave flowers and plants
LANGUAGE AND MEANING OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS
Agave, this wonderful and imposing plant that has the particularity of blooming only once in its entire life and then dying should mean a love so great that it comes to destroy itself.
In fact, in the nineteenth century the agave represented the feeling of security and stability probably linked to the fact that this plant, given its majesty, does not suggest death or destruction.
Agave L. is a genus of monocotyledonous succulent plants. Due to its bearing and the variety of species it is a very popular plant in public and private gardens, all over the world in its places of origin (Central America) it has had a profound importance in the life of local populations.
Botanical classification of Agave
Agave is a kind of succulent plant (i.e. with peculiar tissues, the aquifer parenchyma, which store large quantities of water) monocotyledon (herbaceous plants originating from the Americas characterized by the fact that their flower is trimer, i.e. the flower parts are three or multiples of three).
|Semi persistent foliage|
|Partial shade exposure|
|Suitable for mild climates|
|Sensitive to cold|
|Not widespread plant|
Agave Filifera is one of the smaller varieties of cacti and succulent plants.
It reaches a height ranging from 0.50 to 0.60 m., While the diameter is 1 m.
With an enlarged shape, it has narrow olive green leaves, from 30 to 40 cm., Ending with a red brown needle. White filaments develop on its foliage (hence the origin of its name).
Agave Filifera has flower axes, which develop in summer, bearing sulfur yellow flowers.
TEQUILA AND MEZCAL: "THE AGAVE EXPERIENCE" IN MILAN
In the language of flowers and plants, the stem containing the agave flowers symbolizes safety: giving an agave plant to a friend means that the feeling of friendship is considered safe and firm, the desire for eternal friendship. It is thanks to this security that bartender.it has set up its new mission: to disclose the Mexican culture through his two great ambassadors, tequila is mezcal, thanks to Agave Experience, the first and largest Italian event dedicated exclusively to the world of agave, its distillates and derivatives.
Since the first edition, dated May 2012, the event was born from a careful observation of the beverage market: the goal is to give a new impulse to agave distillates, previously relegated to a way and model of consumption too far away from the trends of today, not to mention the fashionable ritual of Tequila Bum Bum, a battle drink in vogue in the Eighties, which certainly did not contribute to making Tequila a distillate for connoisseurs or a signature cocktail.
Agave Experience it does not stop only at the usual well-known Mexican brandy, but offers a real journey to discover the most interesting nuances made of different raw materials, production methods, stories and cultures able to give a complete photograph of a territory, thanks to the mass on display within the event of South American art glimpses that allow even more to get to know this culture.
You already notice some of the guests present: inevitable Dario Comini, Dom Costa is Agostino Perrone - former founding members with Luca Pirola of bartender.it - to which they are added Gabriela Moncada is Julio Bermejo, internationally recognized experts not only of the agave world, but of all the culture that revolves around it, e Esteban Morales great expert on Mexican spirits.
Also for this year Agave Experience will be held concurrently with and within Spirits Experience, the trade event dedicated to the greatest spirits in a journey between lands of origin and appellations. The event is aimed at professionals and professionals in the sector, as well as all those enthusiasts, increasingly numerous, in the field of mixology and the spirits connected to it: a rich and intense two days whose beating heart is located in the tasting room, the large exhibition hall that welcomes a path made up of distilleries, brands, importers and distributors.
Nature in Your Mind
A - Piasnte and flowers of the Agavaceae family
The family of Agavaceae (subfamily of the asparagaceae) is made up of about 600 species gathered in about twenty genera.
Perennial plants with herbaceous development that have short or even absent stems, there is no lack of arborescent or arboreal species (eg. Dracaena draco). The leaves are fleshy and thick, organized in rosettes, may have thorns. The flowers are carried in inflorescences, the axis of which can reach several meters. The fruit is a capsule or a berry.
The plants are native to North and Central America. Their characteristics have allowed their diffusion also in Europe.
In the language of flowers, it is synonymous with safety, at 360 °. Security in love, security in friendship, security in business.
If your loved one receives an agave plant as a gift, they can be sure that they have received the tangible symbol of true and sure love, until death. According to a Mexican popular legend, the agave blooms every hundred years and each flowering is announced by a loud bang. If you are wondering the reason for this particular flowering, everything must be sought in the plant's lack of ability to sustain the growth of the flower at a chemical-natural level, which is very large and disproportionate to the plant.
It is as if he gave his all in this last extreme gesture of flowering, like a love capable of sacrificing its own life.
Some flowers and plants of the Agavaceae family (I will list the most common ones because they are all too many XD if you want to see them all I put the source between the tags!):
Agave anthracnose treatment and prevention
When it comes to agave anthracnose, prevention is definitely the best means of control, as fungicides are not always effective.
- Plant agaves in full sun, always in well-drained soil.
- Irrigate the plant using drip irrigation or a suction hose and avoid overhead sprinklers. Never water on the head if the disease is present.
- Disinfect gardening tools by spraying them with isopropyl alcohol or a mixture of 10 parts water in one part household bleach.
- If you're in the market for new agave plants, look for healthy, disease-resistant cultivars. Leave a generous distance between the plants to provide adequate air circulation.
Part of the treatment with agave anthracnose involves the immediate removal of growth with active lesions. Destroy infected plant parts carefully to avoid spreading the disease. Never compost diseased plant parts.
Apply sulfur powder or copper spray every week, starting in the spring and continuing every two weeks during the growing season, but not during the warm season. Alternatively, neem oil spray applied every two weeks can also be an effective preventative measure.
Spray agave plants and surrounding soil with a broad-spectrum fungicide during humid, humid weather. Products containing Bacillus subtilis are not toxic to bees and other beneficial insects.