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Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Feb 16, 2017 1:49 PM CST
I have a gasteria aloe hybrid, it had a pup growing on the main stem above the soil line. It appeared that all the plants energy was directed to the pup. I cut the pup off and potted in dry soil and I repotted the mother. Am I correct in assuming this pup well root like most other succulents? It's the only gasteria I have. Well these take from a single leaf?
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DaisyI
Feb 16, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Gasteria will root from a single leaf that has the "heal" intact. But aloes don't root easily from a leaf - I think because they don't come off the plant cleanly. It will be interesting to see what a hybrid Gasteraloe does.

Here's a photo of some Gasteria I started from a leaf.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 16, 2017 4:21 PM CST
If you can provide a warm, bright place then your rootless offset should sprout some roots and get going. You may have to be patient but the change will be evident when it's on its way. I pot them up in a relatively small container (for economy and so I can avoid overwatering), water like normal, and then move them up a size when they are going. Maybe 6 months later they will be strong and independent.

There is some personal preference involved in how you handle the offsets of these plants. They do look great in big clumps, and that's where they are often headed given time and space and nutrients. If your goal is easy propagation, I would recommend waiting until the pup is larger and has grown its own roots (obviously you have to guess, but waiting has its benefits). If your goal is a strong, solitary plant (usually they grow larger this way) then I would recommend periodic removal of all offsets (say every 1-2 years) without waiting for them to grow up.

When I remove the offsets of Gasterias and hybrids, I always take the plant out of the pot first, which allows me to remove the offsets with their own roots intact, if they have any.

Two motions are useful if you do this bare-handed instead of using a blade: first, if necessary, a short, smart snap to separate the base of the young offset from its umbilical cord. The key is to get hold of all the leaves (of the offset) so that you're holding it together while you break the connection from the mother. You will hear it snap free. The second motion is a bit like untangling rope. Little by little try to work out where the roots of the mother and the baby are going, then find a way to lift one or the other so they can be separated and the baby will have at least a root or two somewhat intact. I like to use a chopstick for this second part, to lift and pull and open where fingers don't fit. And wait to water for a week or so after handling (breaking, bruising) the roots, so that nothing goes wrong afterwards.

Just some stuff to think about for next time this situation comes up... which is almost inevitable if the plant keeps going strong. Smiling
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tarev
Feb 16, 2017 6:13 PM CST
I like to keep mine as a little colony, so I don't break apart the mom and pups. But if it were mine, I would wait till the pup has grown to half the size of mommy plant, before I remove it.
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Feb 17, 2017 11:51 AM CST
Thanks for all the great advise! Here's a pic of the cut on the mother plant.

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Pup in new home.



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Mother and pup.



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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 17, 2017 12:06 PM CST
Looks good!

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