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PlantHoarder89
Feb 23, 2018 11:34 PM CST
I have a climbing aloe that is growing 6 pups! When would be a good time to separate them from the parent plant?
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 24, 2018 1:43 AM CST
I did a few weeks ago. I have had to repot this plant twice in the last year or so. The first time I had one tall plant that grew a thick bunch of pups all around it. I snipped the tall one down really low. The pups looked so pretty all the same height with no stems developed yet. I put the tall one in a pot with other climbers. That same pot is the one I did recently. The plants had got tall and flopped in all directions. I got really good help here The thread "Plant to grow indoors in the same pot with Aloe ciliaris" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum. My first repot left a pretty batch of plants, you will see in the link. That is how I hope to do them from now on. Good Luck.

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Baja_Costero
Feb 24, 2018 10:42 AM CST

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Any chance of a photo so we can see the action, PlantHoarder?
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PlantHoarder89
Feb 24, 2018 6:22 PM CST
Here are the babies. :)


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And just for fun...
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It's in this corner just for picture taking. It receives direct sunlight in another area.

Do I wait until the pups grow a certain size to separate them?

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purpleinopp
Feb 25, 2018 9:24 AM CST
Is it your goal to tend multiple pots of this same plant, or have extras to give as gifts? Just don't like the way it looks, or want to experiment? If not any of these, there's no requirement for removing anything.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 25, 2018 9:40 AM CST

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You can wait for quite a while... if you're wanting to get those pups going as individual plants, maybe until they are about the same width as the mother plant. You can certainly start them smaller than that, but you will benefit from letting their connection with the mother plant allow them to grow bigger and stronger before you remove them. There is always a sort of tradeoff between time and size when it comes to removing offsets. Tiffany has asked some really good questions which may help guide the decision. You may also wish to decide (depending on your climate) whether you will put the plant outside in the ground at some point.

Another thing to consider is the sprawling behavior of the mother plant. Your plant is one of the aloes which tends to grow up for a while and then sideways when it gets top-heavy and the stem is longer. That is mostly normal for your plant, though it can be reduced or delayed somewhat with very strong light. At some point in the near future you may have to stake or tie it in order to keep it from falling over, or tipping the pot. Just as fair warning. At that time you may wish to consider pruning the mother plant and letting the babies grow up to fill in around her, which can help provide stability (for a while).
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PlantHoarder89
Feb 25, 2018 1:33 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Is it your goal to tend multiple pots of this same plant, or have extras to give as gifts? Just don't like the way it looks, or want to experiment? If not any of these, there's no requirement for removing anything.


I prefer to grow them individually. They look better to me that way.

Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 26, 2018 6:56 AM CST
I agree Tiffany, good questions. Thumbs up

Good advice Baja! As always thanks for taking the time... Thumbs up Thumbs up

I wonder if anyone here has photos of these types of Aloes that have clumped and filled in at the base? I would like to see what it looked like.

I personally dislike the look when they grow tall and either shed the lower leaves or when the lower leaves are smaller and the top leaves are larger. It looks top heavy.

Mine come down on the side of loosing the lower leaves but I haven't been inspired to whack them off yet.
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lauriebasler
Feb 26, 2018 8:33 AM CST
I do; let me go look around and I will send it your way.
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 26, 2018 8:51 AM CST

This doesn't do it justice. It was grown just like yours, from a tall stalk, that I pruned out almost to the soil. You cannot even tell it was ever there.
It's really the most attractive pot, compared to removing the pups to a different pot. The stalk rooted easily too.
Good luck.

I had a top view of the plant I am still hunting for. It's beautiful from that angle. I had my chromebook sputter my pictures all over the place. sigh.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 26, 2018 9:10 AM CST
I really like the look of that. And love what it is sitting on! Lovey dubby
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Feb 26, 2018 9:11 AM CST
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If you click on it you see it better.



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Tall aloe I cut off, in round pot. Doing great.
Other pics are funky ones I planted to pup.

Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 26, 2018 9:14 AM CST

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Now is not a great time to take pictures of aloes in the public garden but there's an aloe of this type there which has reached 2-3 feet tall and about as wide. It forms a sort of mound or dome which supports itself stem on stem. It branches at the base and higher up (usually after flowering, from the same inflorescence). I tried staking and tying the main stem early on but eventually gave up on that kind of control as it grew and branched, just making judicious use of the pruners when it got a little crazy.

PlantHoarder, if you just like the individual look, them you can remove the offsets as soon as you want. But if you want to grow them on as new plants, you will benefit from allowing them to grow big and strong first before cutting.
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PlantHoarder89
Feb 26, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Sorry, I thought I was being clear. I'd like to grow the pups individually.
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