"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
"Thanks Charlotte and Lorraine. These astilbes and ferns are against the north side of the house, so they are in shade most of the day. Lorraine, you're right that astilbes (and ferns) will scorch if they get too much hot sun."