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Name: Harold
Bay St Louis, MS (Zone 9a)
pappy44
Jun 2, 2018 9:00 AM CST
should I divide this plant, and if so, what is the best way. Finally, what type of aloe is it?
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Jun 2, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Aloe maculata?
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mcvansoest
Jun 2, 2018 10:37 AM CST
Or any one of the other numerous spotted Aloes, for many the best way to figure out which specific one it is, is when it flowers and even then it is not always a sure thing.

It is not really a matter of 'should' more of what you want out of that plant. If you want a big pot crowded with multiple offsets then do not divide just provide it a bigger pot, I am sure it will fill it up in no time. If you want to keep it a single plant can divide it, but you will be doing that a lot as many of the spotted Aloes are almost constantly producing offsets.

If you decide to divide the plant unpot it and carefully pull off the offsets. You will break the main connector and probably some other roots in the process so you want to give it some time bare root to dry out so that when you repot it the damaged areas are not going to be easy areas where the plant can get infected. Then for a while do not water very much or at all so the plant can settle in.

Some people just leave the plant in its pot and pull the offsets off - I do that for my in the ground Aloes. Works too, but then you will want to be careful with watering as the damaged areas are less capable of drying out. You can put the offsets in separate pots and most will probably root just fine.
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Name: Harold
Bay St Louis, MS (Zone 9a)
pappy44
Jun 2, 2018 11:14 AM CST
thank you
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Baja_Costero
Jun 2, 2018 2:21 PM CST

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To that excellent advice, I would add that the longer you leave an aloe to clump in a pot, the more difficult it will be to separate the offsets with any roots intact. So if your goal is to to have a single rosette and you want to grow on the babies, you will probably end up having to separate them on a semi regular basis. That can be a lot more work than waiting until the clump is totally root bound, but the offsets will get a much faster start on their own if they start out with some roots. For me it's a balancing act between convenience (and I am a lazy person) and the best results with the plants, timing-wise.
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