I counted 10 new pups under the mother Agave pototorum 'confederate rose' It seems to like life in the hypertufa pot in the herb garden.
This small agave, with its leaf imprinting and burgundy spines, forms a dense a rosette of leaves and is perfect for a specimen plant in a pot. This agave would not be hardy enough to plant in the garden but would be happy to spend the summer in the ground and then be potted up for winter safety. With so many pups I may try some in the ground next year. The others I will share with my gardening friends.
Then yesterday I noticed another little pup. This time on the Agave parryi which I had purchased at the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix several years ago and brought home on the plane, fingernails clipped! This is exciting news.
Which made me take a look at the Agave ovatifolia, which I purchased at BSN and about which there was some controversy when I noticed a pup. The whale's tongue agave does not usually pup.
I hadn't looked for a couple of years so I pulled back the lower leaves and sure enough there it was. A long and lanky pup.
Not nearly as handsome as its mum but then give it time.