would like to know if it's possible to propagate Scleranthus
biflorus, just by removing the outer edges, also if its okay
to remove the lower leaves of an agave when they become tatty.
sometimes called a "moss", but in reality a flowering plant, is
actually very easy to propagate. The usual and quickest method
is by division. Clumps often become patchy, with die-back
in the middle. You can divide these clumps, as long as each
part has roots. Just carefully separate and replant into free-draining,
gritty soil. Propagation is also fairly easy by cuttings
just take healthy stem cuttings at any time of the year and plant
into sand or pumice. Keep the cuttings well watered and out
of full sun. Rooting should happen fairly rapidly.
In general, Scleranthus
prefers to be in full sun, but will tolerate a small amount of shade.
The soil must be very free-draining, otherwise the winter wet will
kill your plant.
As for agaves, yes, you
can remove the lower leaves when they become tatty. If they
do not come off easily, then carefully cut them off. Be careful
that you don't cut them too far back, as the leaf bases are where
the new "pups" can come from.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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