With all the odd plants we grow, we are constantly experimenting with new propagation techniques. An idea we’ve played around with for years is being able to root agaves from leaf cuttings. Below is our latest success rooting a variegated selection of Agave ghiesbrichtii from a single leaf. The leaf was stuck right at 12 month ago, so as you can see this isn’t a fast process.
We have found that older leaves do not work, but when very young leaves are removed from the parent plant, there is obviously some, often nearly invisible, bud tissue at the leaf base that can regenerate a new plant. There is also a dormant leaf bud on the plant where the leaves are removed, but our leaf cuttings often have no easily visible buds. That said, the leaf must be removed very carefully from the parent plant, so as not to loose the bud tissue. We encourage those of you who are prone to experimentation to give this a try, and let us know of your results.