What special care do I take when moving a large aloe plant? We are fixing to have foundation work done and they will be removing and replanting my aloe. It is over 20 yrs. old, has a 7 ft. spread, and is 4 ft. tall. It is facing the south. How far down must they dig up? Is there any special care to be taken when replanting? After?
Wait to transplant until the soil is moist - you can soak the ground yourself or wait for a good rainfall. With an aloe of this size, you will want to dig wide because aloe vera plants grow out wide more than they do deep. With a sharp shovel, start out about a foot from your plant and work your way inward until you feel the roots, then move back and dig down a few inches before cutting in toward the center of the plant. When you cut in, go down at an angle- this way you will be several inches down by the time your shovel reaches the center point of the plant. These are just general guidelines - you will be going "by feel" and will have to adjust your digging angles and depths accordingly. When you replant, you will want to replant in a hole the same size/depth as the one you dug up. Water the aloe a few days after it is transplanted.
I had been looking for an aloe vera plant for ages when a friend said her plant had had 'babies' and gave me one. I am concerned it isn't actually an aloe vera plant and I'm worried it's poisonous. If it isn't, I have just cut off parts and opened them for the gel inside but I would like clarification of the plant before I use the gel. I have attached pictures for reference.
It looks like aloe vera but the only thing that is throwing me off is that aloe vera leaves grow in a spiral from the inside of the plant - or did those leaves die or get cut way back?
A large piece of my aloe plant fell off the main plant. Can I root it or do I just plant it? I don't think I can put it in water to root, right? HELP! It is a houseplant and broke off big main plant with no roots.
You can try, but it will most likely rot. The most successful method of aloe plant propagation is from offsets or “pups” (which have complete root systems attached).
With your cutting, let it heal (by letting it dry and callous), then stick it in moist soil.
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I have talked to two people that have aloe vera growing in the ground. They say they give them no extra attention, yet they are beautiful and come back every year. Where can I get this aloe vera? Can you please help, as I have spent a fortune on these plants, with no luck.
Where do these two people live - do they live in Missouri as well? The winters in Missouri are too harsh for the aloe vera plant to be grown outdoors. Some types of agave, which looks strikingly similar to aloe vera, can survive outside year round in Missouri, such as Agave parryi.
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I want to keep my aloe vera small. Can/should I prune it or trim its roots? I have a lovely plant in a small flat. It's getting top heavy and so I'm tempted to trim it but I don't want to damage it. Can you prune an aloe? I recently trimmed the root ball of my other plant but the aloe is very root bound and seems happy that way.
I think the best way to shrink down the size of your aloe plant would be to divide it. By dividing you will be left with many viable plants that you can give to family/friends (or keep for yourself). For information on dividing aloes, please visit the following link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/dividing-aloe-plants.htm
If you desire, you can also prune your aloe vera to make it smaller. When pruning, start with the outer leaves and cut near the base of the plant.
My very mature aloe vera plant has a long, winding stalk. Is that because of the type of aloe it is? I would like an aloe plant where the leaves grow from the level of the plant/dirt. Do you have any advice?
You can repot the plant and set it deeper into a pot.
You also could make several smaller plants by propagating the aloe vera plant.
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I was wondering how do I properly cut my aloe vera plant to treat myself without ruining the plant itself. How do I do so?
Simply clip off an end or small piece (depending on your burn or cut) and squeeze the sap onto the affected area. No need to worry about the plant. The cut end will eventually callus over and heal itself.