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by Andrew S.
(Ithaca, NY)


So, I recently asked a question regarding an aloe plant of mine.

You had suggested that I twist off their heads and replant them, basically. I’ve tried that and the tops of the plants are getting soggy and look like they are dying. This is basically what happened to the original plant right after bringing it home.

These pieces are in cactus soil and have not been watered, they are near a window.

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi again, Andrew – sometimes the tops will get to looking a little sad, but in most cases they will perk up once they get some roots. If you tug on some of the brighter looking ones, you can tell if the roots are starting.

Be patient, and be prepared for some losses – even horticulturists lose some plants at times – it’s the nature of the beast. Besides, you probably won’t be able to find homes for all your cuttings if you get 100% rooting.

From the pictures, I would say you are going to get some results fairly soon. In a week or so, start to water (my mantra again – a good soaking, then allow to dry out again). This should get them perked up a bit and looking better. Sometimes they lose the lower leaves, but the new growth with start to look better.

I’ll be waiting for an update!

This was Andrews first post about the Aloe.