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Splitting Aloe

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Joined: 3/16/2006
Location: Let's Go Mets!!
Posts: 1207
Posted: Mar/31/2006 11:33 AM PST

I have an Aloe plant that is gigantic. It was a baby from another huge Aloe plant I ended up giving away years ago. I forgot how to split them though. I really need to split this plant as it weighs over 30 lbs in the pot. Whats the best way? I do recall losing several babies to transplanting but obviously this one made it somehow.

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Kozykitten
Joined: 8/18/2005
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1076
Posted: Mar/31/2006 12:42 PM PST

I never messed with the smaller aloes, but my mom always did the same thing I did with the Harvestable aloe, slid them out of the pot, worked the dirt off and then just start seperating bundles of them.
Herbyann
Joined: 3/29/2002
Location: Sunny So. Calif. Zone 10
Posts: 3490
Posted: Apr/01/2006 1:11 AM PST

Yep, that's the way to do it. I like that size to use for small first aid things. Good Luck!!
CharleneLawson
Joined: 8/12/2004
Location: Ky.
Posts: 190
Posted: Apr/01/2006 1:58 AM PST

Nice Aloe.
ArcticQueen
Joined: 7/25/2002
Location: Alaska
Posts: 229
Posted: Apr/01/2006 8:55 AM PST

Very nice. Mine looks like it's dying but I am hoping the return of sunlight will help. Any other advice?
Davlyn
Joined: 8/10/2005
Location: Pike, NH 03780
Posts: 1001
Posted: Apr/01/2006 12:01 PM PST

Beautiful.. Mine is gait as well. I have taken babies & planted them for friends.. I need to transplant mine big time.. It's tipping over and coming out of it's pot.... :o
Mainegal
Joined: 3/30/2002
Location: Southern Maine Zone4/5
Posts: 2550
Posted: Apr/01/2006 12:13 PM PST

nice aloe, i've got to get another one, mine died on me, like to use it for burns, etc
Wildie
Joined: 6/02/2005
Location: Crossfield, Alberta
Posts: 1085
Posted: Apr/03/2006 1:41 PM PST

Articqueen... Try putting it in new cactus soil, adding a fertilizer, moving it to a smaller pot if it's not root bound some, or a bigger one if it's too cramped...
My big aloe that had baby's that I was growing for people had a misshap... the baby's are dead and the big aloe a number of leaves are broken...
Kozykitten
Joined: 8/18/2005
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1076
Posted: Apr/04/2006 3:58 AM PST

Does anyone know if the little aloes are more fragile than the harvestable aloes? I am just curious since people say they have killed the little ones. My poor havestable has been to--well you know--and back and the darn thing just keeps growing.
ArcticQueen
Joined: 7/25/2002
Location: Alaska
Posts: 229
Posted: Apr/04/2006 7:36 AM PST

It seems to have perked up since the move close to the sunlight. It would have been seriously rootbound before it became ill. I don't know what's happening right now. Cactus soil, check. I was just given a great set of pottery so I will be transplanting this among others pretty soon.
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