Ponytail Palm pups
My ponytail palm is covered in pups. Whenever I read about how to transplant palm pups, the instruction is to dislodge them carefully with earth. These pus are not growing in the ground. They come straight out of the bulbous part of the stem. If I dig them out with the roots, the bulbs will be left with gouged holes. If I slice them off, I fear I will be left with a handful of separated "leaves". What should I do?
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Use a clean knife to remove the pups.
You can treat the cut area with Neem Oil if you feel the area is vulnerable to insects or disease.
Generally the parent plant is just fine from pup removal.