The spread of a new plant aloe can be fun, easy and inexpensive!
If you already have an aloe plant at home, which can grow to fill its container. While any plant healthy aloe have the opportunity to produce more young plants, it is very likely to happen once the adult has reached the limits of its container.
His adult aloe plant should begin producing “puppies” which are clones of himself to share some of the root system of the mother plant and can be attached to the base. These sometimes grow out of the drain hole of the container, and sometimes even roots that meander neighboring containers.
Puppies tend to be lighter than adult plants green. They not have the same edge as the spiny leaves the adult when they are emerging first.
Allowing these “cubs” that grow to a sufficient size before transplanting. Young plants do better if they are allowed to grow and mature enough to have a few roots. While this size varies with subspecies and individual plants, a good rule is that the younger plant should be at least 3 inches high (5 inches is even better). If there is enough space in the container, wait until the seedling is 1/5 the size of the plant aloe adults. At this time, the youngest plant should have several sets of “true leaves” that resemble those of adults.
Use a sharp, clean knife to remove the young plant. Ensure first disinfecting the knife to reduce the possibility of infection. Clean dirt on the breeding base to see if it is attached to the mother plant. If so, cut away. Be sure to keep the young plant together with its roots if present. The presence of their own roots increase the chances of success. These roots can not be easy to find before removing the puppy.
Put your cut in the air plants for about few days. While it may seem like common sense to plant your new baby immediately aloe, it is a very good idea to wait. To allow the plant to form a callus on the cutting knife. The placement of the cut surface of the plant directly into the ground increases the chances of infection.
Once you have left the puppy out for a few days, planted in its own container. Put the young plant on top of the soil with good drainage, unburied leaves. Because the root system is probably still small, or even no, you may want to prop up the plant with a layer of pebbles and rest against another object. The root system to grow large enough to support the plant within a few weeks.
Be sure to water your new plant aloe sparingly in the beginning. Wait at least a couple of weeks for your puppy to grow their own roots before watering. If the puppy already has its own root system, you can get the roots are established giving one watering and leaving it in the shade for about two to three weeks.
Once the plant becomes an adult, you can refer to this aloe vera planting guide for details about watering and care.
Ariana Marisol is a contributing writer for REALfarmacy.com. She is an avid nature enthusiast, gardener, photographer, writer, hiker, dreamer and lover of all sustainable, wild and free. Ariana strives to bring people to their true source, Mother Nature. He graduated from the Evergreen State College with a degree focuses on sustainable design and Environmental Sciences. Follow their adventures on Instagram .
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