Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Aloe Plant on the Move!

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QuirkyPlantics
Feb 21, 2018 3:43 PM CST
Hi all,

Newcomer here! Recently inherited this 2-3 year old Aloe. As of late, it's starting to crawl out of its pot and with all the pups, I think it's time for a repot! I will separate out the pups in to new pots as they seem to have some good roots. My problem is in that there are four established "heads" with nice leaves, but they have very long (6-8") woody stems. Do I bury the stems in a new pot, or cut/callus the heads and then re-pot? Got two different answers from the folks at Home Depot, so am not sure they really know!

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Quirky


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Faridat
Feb 21, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Hello! I'd callus the heads and root these. You could wait till spring sprangs though, things
are far more easy for cuttings in spring.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 22, 2018 1:50 PM CST

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Yes. It's probably best to wait until spring.

Do not bury the stems. Cut about an inch into the leafless stem, straight across, and then let the cuttings heal for a few days before you pot them up (trying not to bury too much stem). Use a pot that's wider than tall, with holes at the bottom, and a fast-draining mix (cactus mix or regular potting soil plus an equal volume of perlite/pumice/whatever). Maybe put a rock on either side to keep them upright while they're rootless. Wait a week to water, then wait until the soil is going dry at depth before you water again. Provide as much light as possible if it's an indoor plant, like right by your sunniest window, ideally. You should be able to judge when they are properly rooted by when they sprout new growth on top.

QuirkyPlantics
Feb 22, 2018 7:16 PM CST
Thank you both! Hoping the little guy can hold out a few more weeks!
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Baja_Costero
Feb 22, 2018 7:31 PM CST

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These are long lived plants. No worries. Smiling Bright light!
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lauriebasler
Feb 22, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Baja,

I have never caught the tip to cut up thru the center of the stem about an inch before hardening off. It makes perfect sense. Thank you for the tip.

@QuirkyPlantics, you will love this plant.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 22, 2018 8:34 PM CST

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I don't think I phrased that very clearly (some sideways geometry involved! Smiling ) but what I meant was cut (straight across, perpendicular to the stem, perhaps with garden shears) so that the cutting will have about an inch of brown stem below the green leaves. If that's what you understood, great. I don't know if you're talking about something else (cutting longitudinally maybe?)... sometimes my brain gets lost in translation. Rolling my eyes.

QuirkyPlantics
Feb 23, 2018 6:16 AM CST
@Baja - I understood you! Thank you again! Excited to get this little guy looking a little more presentable!
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lauriebasler
Feb 23, 2018 7:53 AM CST
D'Oh! Nope, you said it quite well both times, I read it poorly the first time and you were able to sense it. Your communication skill was beyond excellent. Making sure I understood was very kind of you. I am sorry you had to take the time. Apologize!
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Baja_Costero
Feb 23, 2018 10:19 AM CST

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I would so much rather you speak up than remain silent when there is any potential for misunderstanding. Thumbs up
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lauriebasler
Feb 23, 2018 12:05 PM CST
gracias!


QuirkyPlantics
Feb 26, 2018 6:45 AM CST
If the plant is an indoor plant, should I still wait until spring?One of the stalks pulled its roots out of the pot so I am a little worried. I put some potting mix over the roots because I don't want to bury the stem. Should I re-bury just the roots?
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Baja_Costero
Feb 26, 2018 9:16 AM CST

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By all means proceed with one stem at this time, knowing you can wait until later for the rest. If the roots are close to the end of the brown stem (within the approximate range specified above) then you can try to take the cutting with them still attached, otherwise don't be too concerned about your ability to re-root that stem as a cutting.

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