How to Transplant Agave Pups


Agave plants are succulents with thick, pointed leaves. Often used as ornamental plants, they require little care and are drought resistant. Some agave plants reproduce with offsets called pups. The pups grow near the base of the agave but have been known to grow several feet away. It is easiest to remove and transplant the pups when they are small.

Step 1

Lay the pot containing the agave pups on its side and hit it two or three times. Shake the plant and soil out of the pot.

Step 2

Use your hands to break the root ball. Wiggle and pull the agave pup way from the root ball. Set the pup to the side.

Step 3

Put a screen over the drainage hole in a plant pot. Fill the pot to the halfway point with a succulent soil mixture.

Step 4

Hold the agave pup by its leaves over the pot; the roots should touch the top of the soil. Pour soil into the pot until the roots are covered to the base of the plant. It should be a half inch from the top of the pot.

Step 5

Pack the soil down around the plant by pressing two fingers into the soil. Pour and pack a thin layer of cactus soil into the pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Potted agave pups
  • Succulent soil
  • Plant pot (empty)
  • Cactus soil
  • Small square of screen


  • Fine Gardening
  • Phoenix Home & Gardens
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