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Beginner Houseplants: Controlling Agave growth

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gizmoguru
Newberry, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2013
5:00 AM

Post #9393368

I have three (3) large agaves planted individually (displayed as specimens) in bowls. They are continually putting out pups which makes them appear cluttered and causes other problems. Does anyone have a recommendation for restricting the growth of, or removing, pups that doesn't involve physically wrestling them out? I'm still wearing Band-Aids from my most recent repotting experience with them. They are the definition of "User Hostile".

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2013
11:31 AM

Post #9393765

You could try pulling the soil back from the basal area of the plant and painting it (the basal part of the plant) with Sucker Stopper RTU. It's a napthaleneacetate preparation (basically synthetic auxin - NAA) and discourages basal shoots and back-budding. It seems like it should work.

Al
gizmoguru
Newberry, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2013
2:11 PM

Post #9396368

Thank you so much Tapla. I went through the Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens just yesterday and their Agave specimens sit in solitary splender. I knew there had to be a method of restricting the pups without losing blood in the process.

Ta,

Paula

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9396459

If you remember, let us know how it works, please?

Al

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