Re: Separating Pups - easiest way..
It does drain but the mother has to some roots left after surgery! I guess if the pups are close together you could get more off. I have taken a shovel and just wacked off some small pups before they got any size to them to help control the number, but that doesn't help if you want to save them. Of course the mother can survive without any roots but it would take longer to re-establish itself. Some of the cold weather growers might be able to help here as they store theirs for the winter and still get fruit that season, so maybe the roots are not that important? Also when you remove a a bunch of chunks of the mom's corm that's got have some efect on her growth rate.