Ask a Question forum: Help with my recovered, but severely etiolated, Aloe Plant?

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Chicago, IL (Zone 6a)
LaserHolda
Feb 2, 2017 3:56 PM CST
I've had this plant for a decade, and I am concerned it will break from its own weight and kill itself this year!? Should I let it continue to grow this way and prop it up with a stick or wire or something? Or cut it down and replant it in the soil like a normal plant?

For the last couple of years it was in a North facing window on the floor and was severely neglected, hence why it is so etiolated. Before that it almost died from 2 very aggressive aphid attacks when I had it on a back deck during the summers. It's been in that larger planter for a little over a year.

All the new pups (2!) that are growing normally from the soil like how an aloe should, are from this May when I moved to a new apartment with a ton of Western and Southern exposure. I didn't replant the babies because I figured the pot was big enough for all three.
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Xeramtheum
Feb 2, 2017 10:02 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Cut off the wandering bit and stick it in some dirt. It will grow new roots. I'd cut off where the white line is and bury to the yellow line. You'll want to keep the soil on the dry side of moist. It may take awhile for it to make roots but if you can find a really REALLY bright and warm window (not direct sun) that would help too.

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Chicago, IL (Zone 6a)
LaserHolda
Feb 6, 2017 3:02 PM CST
Thank you, @Xeramtheum!

I did as you suggested. Fingers crossed all goes well! Two leaves fell off, but better now than later!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Feb 6, 2017 5:02 PM CST
You're welcome! I've learned over the years that plants are very forgiving. Since aloes are succulents they hold a lot of moisture so definitely don't let the soil stay too moist!
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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