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by ssnla on January 19, 2006 03:07 AM
What do you need to do to grow aloe vera from a cutting?
by weezie13 on January 19, 2006 03:42 AM
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by ssnla on January 19, 2006 05:45 AM
ok thanks
by margaret e. pell on January 19, 2006 06:11 AM
For success a leaf cutting must have the part where the leaf connected to the stem. If it does, let it sit somewhere for a few days for the edge to dry out and heal over. This will prevent the leaf from rotting during the next step. If its a really long leaf you can cut it back to ~6-7 inches at the base end. (If it's aloe vera, use the tip end for gel.) Then, put the base end in a shallow bowl of dampish sand or sand and vermiculite, maybe about 1/4 inch deep. Then wait, keeping the sand evenly dampish, for 1-3 months. This is the hard part. As long as it doesn't rot or get too dry for too long, it WILL grow new plantlets from the base. Just not necessarily on your time frame. Avoid pulling it up and checking the edge. (Guess why these things come easily to my mind!?) If you have a stem cutting or a rootless offset, it's pretty much the same thing. Let it scab over/dry out at the cut edge, put it in your sand/sand&vermiculite, and prop it up a bit. You do't have to worry about it being too straight, thats for the final potting. When you get roots on any type of cutting that are about 1 inch+ long, pot the plant in a quick draining soil, cactus soil or something with added drainage material, and no added fertilizers. Put it in a sunny place, don't water very often, and enjoy it!

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by ssnla on January 20, 2006 06:37 AM
Thanks Maragret P. I appreciate the information

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