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Jun 16, 2017 4:15 PM CST
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My Aloe plant that I've had for years has fallen over like so and we cant prop it back up in fear of snapping the center stem. Please help!
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 17, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Because the leaves of Aloes are mostly water and very heavy, they do tend to lean precipitously as they grow taller. Sometimes they can be propped up with a stake. An alternative is to remove soil from the bottom of the pot and set the rootball lower in the pot so that the lower leaves rest on the rim of the pot to support it.

Don't worry about snapping the main stem. If that does happen, your Aloe can be rooted quite easily. Let the broken upper portion air dry over night and then pot it into a shallow pot using a porous potting mix. Set it into the pot so that the lower leaves rest on the rim of the pot.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 17, 2017 8:13 AM CST
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Good advice from @WillC Thumbs up
Just a couple things extra. When you repot, put a small stake in it.
I would put it in a wider pot, not any deeper than pot its in. That will give it room to make babies, babies will help support mother. I have one outside, staked. Its about 2 feet tall.
They like to make babies. As you can see.
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Name: Baja
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Jun 17, 2017 9:08 AM CST
These plants do grow a bit of a stem over time and it will tend to go sideways, at least that's what my Aloe veras in the ground are doing after being out there 10+ years. In advanced age it's pretty much normal. In the landscape they tend to root into the ground as the stem extends along on top of it, so they stay well anchored.

If you don't like the sideways growth you can do what Will says: cut the main stem below the rosette (use a sharp blade if you're doing this on purpose), let it heal for a few days, and then place the rosette on top of the soil to re-root. A larger pot is not necessarily indicated at this time, especially if you are going to try to root a cutting.
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