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I bought a century plant several years ago. Just recently, it seems over night, a
strange ‘thing’ sprang up in the middle of the plant about three feet long. It first
started shedding seeds, and then, it looks like about ten little plants started growing
on the sides of the appendage. There are also a number of smaller plants growing around
the base of the “mother" plant. My question is, can I remove the plants from the mother?
The century plant is an agave. While it can take a long time before the mother plant
blooms, it doesn’t take 100 years. The bloom stalk appears in the center of the plant
and as it begins to grow, I think it looks like a giant asparagus spear before the
blooms open. The flower stalk can get quite tall and begin to branch out before the
flowers open. It does set seeds and then the stalk will wither and die. The mother
plant also dies after it blooms, but produces numerous pups or babies around the base
of the plant. You can start removing the babies and giving them their own space to
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