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by mommymeof3 on May 11, 2006 04:25 PM
A friend gave me a large aloe vera in a bucket
that was much to small. I started to remove it from the bucket and it started falling apart. It looks like their are little clusters of new sprouts.Is their any way to save it and how do I root the babies. Please help!!!
by MissJamie on May 11, 2006 06:45 PM
if I'm not mistaken aloe vera likes to be root bound. so If you're moving it to another pot you should probably put it in a slightly bigger pot but not anything much bigger though. to remove the babies I think maybe you should maybe lightly pull the baby away from the mother plant and repot it into a pot that's not HUGE or anything. ok I just did a little searching and this is what I found...I hope it helps some!
aloe vera care
Repotting--Aloe Vera can stand being root-bound, so repotting is not
necessary until the upper plant gets top-heavy. When a plant gets
root-bound, it will send out more new shoots or pups. If these are not
taken out for replanting when they are 3 to 4 inches high, they will suck
the life from the mother plarlt, which will get bright green and spread
its leaves horizontally rather than vertically. The plants will grow in
any kind of soil but good drainage is essential. The pups should be
repotted when large enough, watered well and not watered again for about
3 weeks, forcing new roots to seek water. The transplanted pup may turn
grey or brown for a while, which is normal. New pups make wonderful

p.s.-you have to scroll down a bit on the site above before you get to the info on caring for aloe vera....and I almost forgot....WELCOME TO THE GARDEN HELPER! [wavey] [kissies] [flower]

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by margaret e. pell on May 12, 2006 03:20 AM
Aloe vera is very forgiving. You've done nothing bad to it/them. Pot it in one or several clay pot(s) with fast draining soil, give it plenty of direct sun and not too much water, and it'll do the rest. Good luck. There's lots of Aloe information in the 'cactus & succulent' section!

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by mommymeof3 on May 12, 2006 11:57 AM
Thanks so much for the reply.
It was very useful info.
I'll post an update on it's progress.
thanx again

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