Q.How To Divide Aloe
We might have missed the right time to separate out the babies from the mother plant as they basically have driver licenses now. Our kitchen looks like the little shop of horrors and the aloes are taking over. We want to separate them out but are worried about hurting them. Please advise!
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You won't harm them by taking some out. Just don't disturb the soil. Some sources say that you should, but I find that it is much better to leave the root zone alone. Break off some of the thicker areas to thin the heard a little. You can replant them, but they will quickly take over your house. Keep in mind that Aloe prefer to be crowded. They will be very happy to stay that way, so you don't have to thin them. It will remain healthier as it gets crowded, and it may even flower for you! (This is a rare occurrence indoors.)
I have to use my aloe, constantly, to keep it in check.
Here are some articles to help:
Thanks, that's good info! I never would have thought that cutting is an option. The challenge will just be to work against the thorns and get to the roots somehow. And yes, it's flowering in a matter of days now, see picture!