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Mimi2018
May 26, 2018 4:00 PM CST
I have an indoor aloe plant and it's the second time it flowers but this time on the stalk theres a little bulb of leaves almost like a mini aloe plant. Can I do something with this bulb to make a new plant or should I just trim the stem?
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Zencat
May 26, 2018 4:27 PM CST
I'm going to watch this because I'm curious, too.
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sallyg
May 26, 2018 5:23 PM CST
I'd bet a dollar it will be (can be) a new plant- no idea the best way to proceed.
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plantmanager
May 26, 2018 5:24 PM CST
I've let them develop a while, and then take them off and plant them up. They sometimes do form little plants like that.
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 7:14 PM CST
Hi Mimi2018, Welcome!


Hurray! Congratulations, your plant is producing babies!

That is so cool .. I've seen orchids produce Keiki's before but never any other type of plant! I agree with plantmanager Karen; I'd let them develop and grow awhile longer before snipping them off, at which time they can be potted up into small containers with good drainage and a well draining potting soil.
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Baja_Costero
May 26, 2018 8:59 PM CST
Yes, that is a bulbil. More on the subject, with some pictures, from a recent thread here...

The thread "Aloe Plant Stem Reproducing" in Ask a Question forum

And another couple pictures here...

https://garden.org/thread/view...

You can definitely root the bulbil but I'd wait until it gets a little bigger. Just snip the dying inflorescence above the bulbil and it will keep getting larger on the flower stem until it starts being so heavy it hangs down.
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Mimi2018
May 27, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Wow thanks everyone! I'll definitely try your suggestions and keep you posted! I'll surely have other questions
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tarev
May 28, 2018 11:14 AM CST
That is wonderful to see a freebie baby from mommy plant!

Yes, wait a bit more for the baby to mature. Mommy plant will help sustain it. Smiling
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Mimi2018
Sep 30, 2018 2:32 PM CST
This is what it has grown into so far. as you can see It keeps sprouting but none of the other sprouts developed into babies. Should I leave it on the plant or repot it?
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Baja_Costero
Sep 30, 2018 2:36 PM CST
You can definitely remove it. Cut the flower stem above and below the baby plant and seat the baby on top of soil in a container about the size of the one the mother plant is in.
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MindiHammerstone
Sep 30, 2018 3:58 PM CST
Very cute!!

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tarev
Oct 10, 2018 9:15 AM CST
That is pretty! I would leave that alone for now if it were mine, though you can certainly cut it off as Baja said.

It is getting into the much colder season too, light levels going much shorter and temps cooler. I would rather wait for Spring before I move that baby plant to its own container. Mother plant is nurturing it nicely for now.

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