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Jan 5, 2018 2:50 AM CST
Hello there,
i went shopping at lows for succulents and bought 5, in the back of a few of the same ones i saw a broken off baby aloe plant. i grabbed the plant and stuck it in my pocket. my mom and grandma told me to put it in soil and add a little water, i did, then i later did some research while it told me to keep it in a cacti mix of 50/50 sand and soil, while keeping the mix dry for around a week, then gradually adding water,

can i please have someone with experience tell me if this is correct, i would also like to know if not, then how,

how the cacti looks: the cacti is as small as my pinky finger with dark green leaves and tiny specks of brown on 5 of the top of the leaves. its white at the bottom with a brown sub that looks like really small baby roots that were cut or torn straightly off,

please and thank you!!
Name: Baja
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Jan 5, 2018 11:15 AM CST
Use regular potting soil (from a bag, not from the ground) with some perlite, pumice, or fine grit mixed in to about 50/50. Avoid fine sand, like beach sand. If necessary you can pass construction sand through a window screen to remove the fine pieces, and use that. Use a pot that's wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. Seat the plant on top of the soil, without burying any leaves or stem.

Water well (until water comes out the holes at the bottom) when the soil is dry at depth (which is later than when it dries out at the surface). Do not allow the pot to sit in a lake of water afterwards. Too much water is the biggest danger, and can easily lead to rot. This is a particular issue during winter. Remember that without roots your plant will not be able to take up water from the soil, and it will take a while to dry out by evaporation alone.

Provide the most light you possibly can indoors, like right by a sunny unobstructed south-facing window. This is very important during the dark and cold months of winter. More info about aloes here...

The Aloes Database

Good luck!
[Last edited by Baja_Costero - Jan 5, 2018 11:16 AM (+)]
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