|Agaves from Greg Starr in my hotel room in Tucson|
Quick answer: not too badly.
Although my suitcase must have been tossed around quite a bit because there was a lot of loose soil. Do baggage handlers at airports amuse themselves by dropping suitcases from great heights? Plus, there was a note from the TSA indicating that they had opened my suitcase—I bet our TomTom navigation system had set off an alarm again. I don’t think the TSA agents paid any attention to my plants though.
|Bubble-wrapped plants in my suitcase after removing all the clothing|
|Bubble-wrapped plants in the backyard, waiting to be unpacked|
And here they are, clockwise starting at the bottom left: Agave garciae-mendozae, Agave azurea, Agave albopilosa, Agave chazaroi, and a cross between a Manfreda and Agave colorata
The agaves from Greg are fine except for a broken leaf here and there, especially on Agave chazaroi. I repotted the two that had been in two-inch pots (Agave charazoi and Agave garciae-mendozae) and placed all of them on a heating mat to recover. This should give them a head start on living in Davis where it’s much colder right now than in Tucson. Come spring, most of them will go in the ground; Agave chazaroi may be too cold-sensitive and will most likely live in a pot.
|Inside on a heat mat, together with a few other plants|