"I get an irritation on my hands and forearms when I prune my dwarf pines. I prune mostly because of sun damage in the hot summers. Lots of red dots and itchiness. Gloves are a good thing in the garden but they do take a bit getting used to."
"No, and I have Agave too, but always use gloves. While I Florida recently I wanted a start of the Variegated Americana from an apartment complex. The maintenance man said he couldn't "offer" one because another garden who…"
"Hi Regina, It hasn't happened to me but I have read that the juice can cause a reaction. I was thinking about trying to grow some differnt types. Hearing abut your experience well, I just may stay away from this plant. I hope you fully…"
I trimmed a large Blue Agave without gloves and used a saw. The juice from the Agave got on my arms and hands and I had an immediate allergic reaction. I washed my arms and hands and used caladryl lotion. Since then, my hands have dried and cracked. Now I use bag balm and arnica and wear gloves at night. My hands have slowly healed but are still very rough. I am a musician and now I wear gloves when I garden. I now dislike Blue Agave very much.Has this ever happened to anyone? See More
"I hear you, Lynda, regarding getting out in the garden whenever you can. Sorry to hear you are dealing with some health issues but it looks like you don't let that get in the way of creating beauty in your garden."
"Charlotte, I do feel blessed that my husband shares my passion for gardening. Your harsh climate in Oklahoma does make it especially challenging for you, but I'm guessing it also makes gardening even more rewarding when your efforts pay off."
"Well, you are lucky that your husband enjoys gardening with you. My husband keeps telling me that I'm never finished and he's right; I will continue to add beds because I enjoy lush landscapes. Living in Oklahoma is tough…"