Re: Rooting Hormone for Aloe?

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Posted by Newt on August 09, 2003 at 21:26:33:

In Reply to: Re: Rooting Hormone for Aloe? posted by Marcia on August 09, 2003 at 17:00:11:

: Ok I got a aloe vera plant, and I need help FAST! I got the mother plant it is very large, so large as it started to grow horizonally out of the pot. The pot is FULL of large, and smaller offspring. A friend just whacked off the LARGE mother plant and gave it to me. Right now I have it in a container with water hoping it will grow roots, but I have read that over watering will kill it. I bought some root hormone and was going to put it in some dirt, and keep it a little moist. The stem where it was cut off is about the size of a empty toliet paper roll. It's probably ruined isn't it???? Please email me someone with advice, if its not too late I sure would hate to see this horizontal mother plant die, she is about 5 years old. Thanks

Hi Marcia,
Your friend should have dug out the 'pups' (baby plants) and potted those up. They should have their own root systems. Keeping the entire root system in water will definately kill your aloe. You don't need rooting hormone. Just remove the plant from the water and see if you can separate the babies and pot those up. If given full sun and the proper water (water when the top inch of soil is dry) they should be large in a year or so. You might also try letting the main root system dry out for a day or two and then pot it up and cross your fingers.

Rooting hormone is good to root hardwood or softwood cuttings from shrubs and woody type plants.

Best of luck,
Newt

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