While there is some information about this on the internet, a
search through the garden groups here...
"aloe vera" rooting group:*.garden.*
turned up nothing. Alot turns up on a web search, though.
Specifically seeking details on rooting aloe vera plants and
appreciate any help and comments.
Post replies to the group.
I don't mess with aloe vera Jim but DW just pokes a hole in a pot full
of soil and sticks the lower end of a leaf in it. Keeps it damp until it
roots. Generally in several days it will be rooted. Of course she has a
green thumb clear up to her elbow so your chances may vary.
If you just let the plant go there will be lettle ones come up all
around it. We just put ours outside in the summer and it goes nuts. We
give the little one to friends.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
I'd put at least 1/3 of the stalk under the ground. This will give you
deep roots. Water every 2-3 days so the soil is moist (like a squeezed
sponge). After a month, cut back to weekly watering. The leaves will
probably shrivel a bit as the plant forms roots: it is living off the
stored energy in its leaves. This is normal. Resist the temptation to
over water. If they sit in water they'll get rot; which turns them
brownish and shriveled.
Aloe want heat and light. Indoors they can take sun on a windowsill.
Outdoors they can take sun to light shade. One or two hours of direct
sun is usually their limit here in California. They will turn orange
if they are getting too much sun. Brown, scabby spots are sunburn. Aloe
are hardy to about 40 degrees. Mine have overhead protection on my
patio and have survived a light frost. Drop by my website at
http://www.thegardenpages.com for more aloe and succulent info.
Hope this helps, good luck!
Jim Carlock wrote:
Take a leaf cutting, about 6" works for me.
Let it sit a day or so until the cut end goes hard and seals up.
Place it half it's length deep into sharp sand which is kept barely
moist, I like to use a terra cotta pot set on a terra cotta saucer and
that saucer standing in water in another saucer.
In a month or more you will get an offset that becomes your new plant.
Use a sharp knife to take a cutting. Allow the cut to heal for 2
days, bright light, no sun. Put 1" of gravel in a tall glass, place
in bright light, and keep water level below the gravel. I've rooted
many succulent and cactus plants this way.
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