Two years ago I planted a ×Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’ I had gotten from a friend. It was solitary (and beautiful) until this spring when it bloomed. I had expected the mother to die, like most agaves do, but it didn’t. Instead, it multiplied. And while I don’t mind more plants, I didn’t think this clump was all that attractive:
Here is a closer shot:
Like all mangaves (intergeneric hybrids between manfredas and agaves), it has fairly juicy leaves. That fact isn’t lost on the snails, which are out and about now after our recent rains:
How do snails manage to crawl into the center of a leaf before chowing down? What self control!
Using a shovel, I popped the whole clump out of the ground and then separated it. This is what I ended up with:
No roots, no problem. The offsets will re-root quickly provided the warm weather will continue.
The nicest offset went back in the ground, in the same spot:
The other pups are now in an unused vegetable bed in the backyard where they can re-root. If anybody in the Davis/Sacramento/Bay Area wants one, please let me know. I have six of varying sizes left.