It’s easy to see why Shepparton’s Sabatino Marino has an infectious smile.
For the first time since planting his beloved Agave attenuata about 44 years ago, the stem which produces flowers has sprouted.
He said it started about three weeks ago and he was shocked to see it had reached about two metres in size already.
Although the flowers on the Mexican native plant are yet to blossom, Mr Marino said he was excited for that moment.
The 88-year-old also has a healthy fruit and vegie patch, which this year includes growing Italian broccoli.
Earlier this year he bottled about 100kg of olives from just one tree.