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Transplanting an Agave

Posted by desertbreeze 10 (My Page) on
Thu, May 7, 09 at 12:09

I planted a baby Blue Agave by the front door. Huge mistake! It grew big, and reaches out and grabs you and sometimes slices your leg. I want it to bloom, and I think it's too shady there. It's about 4 years old, and I'd like to transplant it where there is less traffic and more sun.

How hard are they to transplant? It has some pups, also.

When it blooms, I'm looking forward to getting some of that yummy agave nectar.


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RE: Transplanting an Agave

I've had to move many. They do get huge and can be very dangerous. You can snip off the points too. The pups you just dig out and replant. I've never done a big one, but they are pretty resilient and I expect you just wear armour and dig as much of the root out as you can. They don't go very deep.

RE: Transplanting an Agave

I hope you are patient, because depending on the species (there are a lot of 'blue' agaves), it may take ten to twenty-five years or more to bloom. Agaves only bloom once, then die.

A plant only fours years old should be easy move. Wear gloves and eye protection.

RE: Transplanting an Agave

Easy as pie. Sounds like yours is fairly small still. Roots aren't deep and it doesn't care if you are brutal with it. Put it in its new spot and then don't water for 5 days. Then water. 6 x 6 is the eventual size more or less so plan accordingly. Putting one by the door as you discovered is not so sharp of an idea unless you are a masochist. Good luck.

RE: Transplanting an Agave

Thanks for all your great advice! I'll definitely clip off those tips before transplanting. 6 x 6 is huge! Now I have no clue where to put it! I had no idea they got that big!!

RE: Transplanting an Agave

I put white packing peanuts on the tips, it protects me, and warns others that it is there. Give it plenty of room. they only offset when very youg it may not offset again. Repot the babies for insurance. When yours show signs of growth then it is alive and you can give the insurance away. Norma

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