I need to straighten and repot an aloe plant. I also need to prune. How much of the leaf should be taken? I have read that using wooden sticks will help hold the plant straight once it's repotted. Is this correct?
I have found the easieest way to straighten an old, overgrown aloe vera (?) is to pull the whole plant from its container, remove the pups, and cut the stem just barely above the soilball. If there are a few of the roots left on the stem, that's great but not absolutely necessary. I remove enough leaves (by peeling off the entire leaf) until there is a bare 3-4" stem. Insert the largest part of your plant upright, centered in new soil, then add all the pups you like to fill the pot. Water and just wait for it's new roots and new growth. You can use sticks to prop the main part, but personally, I'd rather see a short fat aloe sitting up straight in a pot than one leeaning on supports. I've been rejuvaniting my aloes this way for decades, and it works well for me.
I have an aloe vera plant but I think it's a goner. . . We moved from Houston, Tx to Tyler, Tx and think it got shock, then the weather changed and pretty sure it was freezing out and I wasn't there to cover it. It's turning brown and sucking up and was going to bloom but now they're just brown and sitting and dropping over my other cacti. Got frost bit I'm sure, it turned all brown, and so I'm figuring my aloe vera is doing the same. It was a rescue plant to start with and was way puny and almost dead. It grew and grew in a whiskey barrel. I really don't know what to do now. Can I at least save a baby? This really upsets me as I like that plant and was so proud of it.
Aloe vera can tolerate cool temperatures, but long periods of time at or below freezing will usually kill the plant. There is a chance that the stem below ground will send up offshoots or pups.
Ok, if the root does send up pups, do I need to trim back what's there now? The whiskey barrel it's in is completely full and the plant stands about 3 to 4 feet tall. Is there even a way to prune an aloe vera plant?
yesjess, I don't fully understand what you mean by pruning...if the parent plant is too tall, it may be cut off with a sharp saw or knife. If you mean thinning the mass of the plant, just remove as many of the pups or offshoots as you need to make the container look right to you. This is discussed in the first article Nikki listed above. Don't worry about the plant being too potbound, most succulents, aloe included, don't have a large root system, and prefer to be in a smaller container than one would think.
I have a cutting from an aloe vera plant that is cut at the stalk. The plant grows on long stalks. What is the best way to propagate it?
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm
My aloe plants were on my enclosed porch when the temp fell to 9 degrees. They look awful, but the old plant seems to be in better shape than the young ones. Is there anything I need to help them? They are all froze. Will they come back?
Older plants do have more resistance to cold than younger plants do, so that is not surprising. The older plants will have a chance if their roots are still intact. It will take them awhile to recover, and some of the leaves will die back, but with a little TLC, they should recover. The younger plants are most likely a loss. But only time will tell.
This article may be helpful:
My aloe vera plant is very dry.
Assuming you mean the soil, these plants are succulents and generally do not require watering until the top inch or so of soil dries. That said, if the plant seems too dry, soak the pot in a tub of water for 30 min to an hour or so and then let the water drain away. This will rehydrate the soil to the center of the rootball, which should help. This article will help with continuing its care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-plant-care.htm
My aloe vera plant had two of original stems rot off from below plant soil mixture. Can I use these to start a new plant?
You can try it, but aloe doesn't propagate from leaf cuttings as well as other succulents. This article will tell you more about aloe propagation: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm
The real problem is why did the leaves rot in the first place. In all likelihood, the potting medium did not dry out enough between waterings. This is essential for keeping succulents healthy. This article will tell you more about succulent care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm