Aloe Vera - Knowledgebase Question

Rockwell City, IA
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Question by hannah_monta
August 27, 2006
I have a aloe vera It's kinda strainge but it has bent over!
The problem: can I cut the aloe vera by the root? and will it grow back? thankyou

Answer from NGA
August 27, 2006
It sounds like your aloe may need more direct sun, and/or the pot should be rotated periodically, to prevent it from leaning over toward the light. You could repot it into a larger pot, or you could try separating it. Aloe is usually propagated by separating off the pups or baby plants that grow at the base of the mother plant. Sometimes too you will find roots forming along portions that touch the soil, these can also be separated and replanted. You can also take an individual leaf, allow it to air dry for a few days, then insert the base of the leaf into a well draining potting mix. Or, you can cut the top off the plant, allow it to air dry for a few days, and stick the base into the soil. Use a fast draining mix such as cactus or succulent mix, keep it in a warm spot with bright light, and do not overwater it. (Allow the soil to dry between waterings.) Good luck with your aloe!

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