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South Florida
hyperboly
Mar 25, 2020 1:40 PM CST
I believe these might be pups from an agave Americana variegated.
I think they came off a century plant in my mom's front yard which looks like it's dying. Can anyone confirm this or tell me what it actually is? She has many of these small plants.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Mar 25, 2020 2:08 PM CST
It looks like they are Agaves, but it does not look Agave americana to me. Agave americana has significant teeth along its leave margins. To me this looks like it could be pups/offsets from Agave de-meesteriana (in most places: Agave desmetiana).

Did these come from the flower stalk or are they offsets harvested from the ground?
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Mar 25, 2020 3:01 PM CST
Looks like this plant.

Smooth Agave (Agave de-meesteriana 'Variegata')
South Florida
hyperboly
Mar 25, 2020 3:33 PM CST
Thank you. I thought they had come from this plant in the front yard but I might be mistaken. Also is this plant dead and should I get rid of it? What about the pups?
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Mar 25, 2020 3:37 PM CST
Yes, that plant is dead, and you will need to get rid of it, but you can easily plant the babies that sprouted on the inflorescence. They should root and start growing within weeks.
South Florida
hyperboly
Mar 25, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Thanks. Is the original image of the agave pup from this same plant?
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Mar 25, 2020 4:00 PM CST
Yep it sure looks like it. They could either have been from the ground our those little plantlets on the flower stalk (those they call bulbils). Both are viable and can easily be grown.
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South Florida
hyperboly
Mar 25, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Thank you! I have a ton of these. Wondering what to do with them all.

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