Posted by Newt on August 10, 2003 at 12:48:13:
In Reply to: Re: Rooting Hormone for Aloe? posted by Marcia on August 10, 2003 at 05:38:46:
: : : 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
: Hi Newt,
: This is a great discussion board. I have been reading other posts here. It looks like your the ONE here. Should I let this mother plant sit in some sun for a couple of days before planting, so it can callous, so I'm reading. I'm going to send you a pic of it if you don't mind. I really hope it makes it. My fingers are crossed.
I did get the pics. My aloe was about that size too when I removed several pups and repotted. Since mine had also grown at an angel, I just potted it so that the top was straight and the stem was at an angel in the soil. I would say to let it dry overnight and try potting it. You don't need to let it sit in the sun to form a callous in the stem. I think letting the stem stay in water will cause it to rot.