Help - pups everywhere

rina_March 24, 2013

This Aloe grandidentata (possible ID) is pupping like crazy - there is 5 in the small pot right now.
Is it time to separate them?
There is also 'something' thread-like growing in the centre; hardly visible yet, but is it possibly a flower?
Rina

This post was edited by rina_ on Sun, Mar 24, 13 at 2:09

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rina_

Aloe variegata (Pheasant breast) has 4 pups too (one is very tiny, hiding behind the stone).
Rina

This post was edited by rina_ on Sun, Mar 24, 13 at 2:15

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 2:14AM
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123Greta(9b)

Congrats! :)

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 3:34AM
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cactusmcharris

Rina,

Wait until April at least before you do the separation. It would be a better time for them to grow on their own when ambient temps and light levels are higher.

Great job - they're happy plants.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 10:58AM
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wweidele(6)

Nice lucky you

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:55PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Aloe grandidentata pup like crazy , especially when in a small pot. They pup non stop. I can not get my A variegata to pup EVER.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:33PM
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rina_

Thank you all; I think separation of grandidentata is necessary,they are squeezed there like sardines (will wait 'till end of April or May, Jeff).
Will see how fast variegata grows....Mara, these pups appeared after it flowered this January; I got it last June).

Rina

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:43PM
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hanzrobo(11)

Very nice! I wish I could give good advice on Aloe variegata but I've killed about 4 of them, pups too:( I'm on my 5th, a big one that had a few pups when I bought it. Trying something new this time... more light! I would let those pups get to a good size before separating them but that's probably because I've had such poor luck.

Now, that A. grandidenta, if that's the same plant that grows on the hills around here, grows like a weed! There's a hillside by city hall that's completely covered with it. I grabbed a few pups from there and they've blown up and gone crazy! I would take Jeff's advice on waiting for it to warm up first, though... sounds logical. I wouldn't know.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:45PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

My variegatas are much larger than yours and one even has 7 bloom stalks and the other has 5 inflorescens right now. They bloom every year but never pup.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:07AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I find A . variegatas most sensitive to moistures just after they bloom. I have killed one totally then and the next one lost all its roots to rot at that time but I was alerted to it and dragged it out of the soil to dry it out and cut off the rot and then was able to successfully rescue it. It has 7 bloom stalks on it now. If I get a rain event at this time of year, I pull it under the roof. It is also in a much grittier soil.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:13AM
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rina_

Ryan

I'll leave variegatas in the same pot, I would like to see more of them together & it seems to grow slower.
It must be so different when you can grow succulents outside (in ground).
Sometimes I think I am overreacting when my 'puny' (comparing to plants you can grow outside year round) sux in pot flowers or have pups...and they are so etoliated, and pale too.
Have just few months to keep them outside in proper sun/light.
I would love to see more than one bloom stalk at the time, Mara.

Rina

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:53AM
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hanzrobo(11)

Thanks Mara, that's a good tip about it wanting to be dry after it flowers, especially since mine is blooming like crazy too. Also, that sounds likely since I never move anything when it rains... it either lives in the greenhouse or it doesn't.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:56AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Our spring rains can be mammoth and I just move it so it is under the eave for awhile. I also cut back on the watering schedule a bit during that time.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 8:48AM
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beachplant(9b)

they do pup like crazy don`t they? I pull out the pups when they start crowding. Though I do have a couple of different aloes that I wait until they are climbing out of the pot to seperate, simply because there are so many of them that I have no idea what to do with them.

Mara, I know what you mean about the monsoon rains! I wish we had some right about now.

Aloes, kalanchoes and agaves are all starting to bloom.
Yeah!
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:29AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Well, we do not have the rain that you have on the coast, but man when we get it , watch out. I miss the good gully washers. It has been a long time. My A. grandidentatas are blooming nicely. I wonder if the confining the A. grandidentata make them pup more or if the reduced light of indoors growing triggers some aloes to pup more.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 2:50PM
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rina_

Mara

I have them under lights over winter (still not same as natural light I think), and it is in smallish pot - so maybe?
Rina

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 12:11AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have to keep most of my aloes on pots. A. grandidentata and a four other types are in the ground.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 1:26AM
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