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learningcurve
Mar 6, 2018 2:51 PM CST
My plant has developed a branch out the middle of the plant and is growing new leaves. Is this something I can leave? Should I trim it off? Can I replant it once its been cut off? I've had new growth before but off to the side and it was tight to the plant. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
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Xeramtheum
Mar 6, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Congratulations! You have a flower!
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plantladylin
Mar 6, 2018 3:12 PM CST
I agree, that is a bloom spike and you will soon see pretty little flowers! Thumbs up
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learningcurve
Mar 6, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Thank you! A flower never crossed my mind. What great news.
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Baja_Costero
Mar 6, 2018 6:40 PM CST
From the looks of things, you will also have a couple of bulbils to enjoy. Not 100% sure at this point, you'll have to wait and see. In a technical sense that would mean your aloe really has branched. Thumbs up Otherwise the flower stalk has branched. Either way...

There are two leafy growths on the stalk, below the asparagus-like part at the end which will become the actual flowers. If they are not just budding flower stalk branches, those leafy growths will most likely persist on the flower stalk for a while after the flowers are all done, and over time they will grow into little plantlets. As the show goes on and the flowers do their thing, keep an eye on those growths and I'm guessing they will turn into little Mini-Me versions of the mother plant. Which you can separate to start new plants at some point down the road, should you so desire. This is all very slow stuff.

Here is an example of a plant with a bit of a bulbil thing going on, so you can see what it may look like down the road... the bulbils are starting to get so heavy that the flower stalk can no longer keep them up. Smiling The one in the closeup looks like it's about to flower.

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plantmanager
Mar 6, 2018 6:46 PM CST
I love it when they do that. Only one of my aloes has done that. It's planted outdoors in Phoenix. I've been growing it a lot of years, and it's only done it twice.

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