What to do with decapitated aloe mother?

ClaireAndLolaAugust 21, 2012

About a month and a half ago my big ol' aloe plant was getting too top heavy to support itself, so following advice I found here, I cut the healthy top portion off and planted it in perlite to root. the cut portion was looking a little sad for awhile but the middle leaves seemed okay, so I checked today and sure enough, the bottom has begun to sprout a bunch of little yellow root nubs. I repotted it in a new mix still with a high amount of perlite and misted it, so I'm hoping that it still continues to grow.

The mother now remains in its big pot and hasn't done anything (not sure if its supposed to.) It has three droopy leaves and a decapitated stem, and frankly is just taking up a lot of room. It hasn't really put forth anymore pups...I hate to just toss it, but I thought I would check to see if there was any reason to keep it around or anything I can do with it?

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Unless you want to grow it as its own plant (easily done) or send it to someone, I guess not.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 3:16PM
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will it continue to grow? I heard that it isn't likely to grow any new leaves, since the top where they usually sprout has been cut right off.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 3:34PM
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If there's stem, you can reroot it and it will grow to be a separate (yet equal) plant. Check out the FAQ.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aloe FAQ

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 3:48PM
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If you keep it, expect some pups to sprout directly out of the top of the decapitated stem, almost like buds or branches. I have one that's about 3 or 4 months old that has 3 pups. Each one is about an inch or two tall. They have no roots of their own, though, so I plan to let them get a bit larger and break them off the main stem to root separately.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 7:07PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

What kind of aloe are we talking about?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 10:36PM
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wantonamara--I believe it's an aloe vera

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 2:49AM
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Pixel Pepper--I just checked the mother this morning and I see what you're talking about!! two little green aloe nubs in between some of the dried up "skin" layers (they haven't even poked out fully yet). that's cool! glad I checked before I chucked it lol..

Do you guys think that I could cut the remaining droopy leaves off, and maybe trim back the roots a little bit? there are only three leaves left, and its sitting in a rather large pot for not much remaining plant...will the new ones continue to grow?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 11:56AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I would NOT cut the droopy leaves off. They are the plants stored nutrients and the babes will be feasting on it while growing. If the leaves dry, the nutrients are being reabsorbed into the plant, then you should remove them. leaves are important to the allow.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 10:03PM
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well I was able to re-pot the mother in a slightly smaller pot (needed to be done anyway, the soil had practically turned to dust) and to my surprise, when I shook out the root ball I saw like six pups that hadn't popped out of the soil yet...I'm completely amazed by these plants. I thought the thing was dead! I bought the plant on a whim a few years ago with no knowledge of how to take care of it (or any plants, for that matter..) learning about it is getting more and more interesting the longer I own it :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 11:52AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

As long as one does not over water them or freezew them, aloes can be hard to kill.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 8:06PM
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