FauxBoho
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Help with Aloe plant cuttings

Hi everyone,

I'm not much of a green thumb but I found this lovely Aloe cut off the other day & would like to plant it. Is there anything special i need to do? Do I cut down the stalk & dry it out? I don't want it to go mouldy as I have had the bottom in water for 2 days as I had to buy a pot & soil.

Thanks
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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

Once the end has callused off it can be planted. Just keep it in the shade and out of the wind for a week. That should be enough and then plant it in a well draining mix.
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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

Thanks Imafan,

I actually got impatient thinking no one would respond (sorry!) so I kept investigating and decided to cut of the bottom leaves & the older woody stem. It looks like this now. Hopefully I haven't ruined it.
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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

FauxBoho wrote:Thanks Imafan,

I actually got impatient thinking no one would respond (sorry!) so I kept investigating and decided to cut of the bottom leaves & the older woody stem. It looks like this now. Hopefully I haven't ruined it.
You can try planting it like that, straight away. That's worked for me, a few times over many years.

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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

Beautiful looking aloe. I've had no problems repotting cuttings of this plant. Preferably you want the cut to heal over. I generally will leave it out of soil for a few days then simply repot it after. However that being said these are quite hardy plants that will take just fine to new rooting. The important part is making sure you give them the right soil mixture. For arguments sake you can just get a succulent mixture, that will be good enough if you don't like making your own.

Another thing I would recommend from experience is use some stakes and twine to keep her upright while she re-establishes new roots.
I'd love to see some updates on the plant. I'm sure my post is a bit too late but I figure for anyone else in the same situation reading it may help.

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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

Hi Sweyn,

I would let the cut end develop a callus - harden off - before potting. A freshly cut stem is susceptible to rot. Do plant in a well drained container - no pot saucer. Use a cactus mix rather than potting soil.

Good luck

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Re: Help with Aloe plant cuttings

ElizabethB wrote:Hi Sweyn,

I would let the cut end develop a callus - harden off - before potting. A freshly cut stem is susceptible to rot. Do plant in a well drained container - no pot saucer. Use a cactus mix rather than potting soil.

Good luck

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That's one way of doing it. I haven't tried that.

I have taken aloe cuttings by cutting the lower leaves off a few aloe pieces and pushing the exposed stem into soil, straight away. I always used a dry soil with grit and large grain sand, which had dried for a few days before use. That worked well in pots that were a similar size to each cutting.

It seems that there is a choice of how to do it.

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