Posted by Newt on August 21, 2003 at 05:53:18:
In Reply to: aloe plant trouble posted by stephen on August 04, 2003 at 08:53:52:
: I recently acquired an aloe plant from a friend. It is in a large pot and has three very large plants in it and the rest of the soil surface is covered in smaller plants popping up. One of the large plants has grown up and over the side of hte pot and needs to be transplanted. There are no leaves on the stem/stalk at the base because it has grown up out of the soil and the bottom leaves have long since died. I was told to just snap the thick stalk off at the surface of the soil and repot it. can anyone tell me if this is correct or if it will result in killing the plant??? thanks.
I had a similar situation and repotted the parent plant by itself. What I did was water well a couple of days before I removed it from the pot and gently removed as much soil from the roots as possible to make the rootball easier to handle. If the aloe has grown spines that are large you can wrap the plant with several sheets of newspaper or old sheets or pillow cases. It's best to get someone to help you if the plant is very large as mine was. Now place the plant in either the same pot or a new one and put it in so that the top (green leaves) are in their proper position and the roots are at an angle. Fill will soil and water. You can pot up the pups in their own pots and share with friends.
To comment on the suggestion you had, most succulents (aloe is one) will form a callous once the stem is broken and the plant is allowed to air dry out of the sun for a couple of days. Then the plant can be placed in moist soil and will root over time. I've never tried this with such a large plant or with an aloe, but I have done it with small succulents. You might consider trying it with a smaller one that you wouldn't mind sacrificing if it will work with aloe.
Best of luck,