Cactus and Succulents forum: Baby aloe vera

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Name: Lauren
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
PharmD
Aug 2, 2017 1:34 PM CST
Help! This baby aloe vera fell over from its mom and doesn't have any roots. I tried for the past month to put it in cactus soil but no roots came forth. I was told to put it in water to help it get roots. Any other suggestions!? Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Aug 3, 2017 12:01 PM CST

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Root in soil, not water. And try to be patient... it can take a few weeks for this process to unfold.

Put your cutting on top of the soil in a smallish pot, say 4 inches wide. You don't want to bury it more than the minimum required to keep it vertical. Maybe a little rock on either side for support. Try to use an airy fast draining mix. Water well every week or so (until water comes out the bottom) and do not leave the pot in standing water afterwards. Leave the plant in bright shade (if it's outside) or in a couple of hours of daily sun (if it's inside), which normally would be right by your sunniest windowsill.

There will be a visible change on top when the roots have developed, new leaves and a greener color. And the whole plant will look visibly inflated after it recovers from drought stress. Until that point don't mess with it looking for roots. The best approach is to basically leave it alone to do its thing. These are incredibly resilient plants.

Good luck!
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Name: Lauren
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
PharmD
Aug 3, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Thank you so much! I have an east, north, or south facing window. The south is covered by trees mostly. Where should I put the aloe vera?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 3, 2017 12:34 PM CST

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As much light as possible, which would be E if the southern window is blocked outside. That north facing window is never going to work for most succulents. The time when light matters most is in late fall and winter when the days are short and the sun is low in the sky. This time of year not so much an issue, generally.

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