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How to Transplant and Re-Establish Aloes and Other Succulent Plants | Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

How to Transplant and Re-Establish Aloes and Other Succulent Plants

Cooler weather in the fall, winter and spring presents an opportunity to transplant Aloes and other succulent plants . Here are some tips for either transplanting an Aloe or Succulent, or for re-establishing a plant you receive via mail order:

Aloes and other succulent plants are relatively easy to grow and simple to transplant, if you follow some basic guidelines. Offsets growing from their parent Aloe or other succulent plant can also be transplanted well if you follow some basic suggestions we offer.

1. Select a pot with a drainage hole(s) in the bottom. Cover the hole(s) loosely with screen or a piece of pottery or flat stone. You want to let water out and keep soil in.

2. Remove the aloe plant from its packaging or pot. Lay it on its side and ease it out by tapping or squeezing it with just enough pressure to loosen it. If a pot does not "release" the plantís root ball, run a knife between the pot and plantís root ball to loosen the soil. Try to handle the plant by its root ball, and avoid pulling the plant out by its leaves, so you won't break roots.

3. Shake excess soil from the plant's roots. Examine the parent plant's roots. Use pruning shears to trim any that are too long, broken or dead. Spread the roots gently and open up any compacted soil.

4. Detach rooted offsets you want to transplant. Snap them off of the parent plant, allow the ends to dry, dip in a rooting hormone and root them in their own smaller pots based on their size.

5. Replant using fresh succulent mix under and around the root ball so your plant will emerge from its new pot at the same height as it did in its original pot (donít cover its leaves). Pat down the soil gently Your plant should emerge from the soil just below the lip of the pot. We generally plant succulents in containers that provide 1-2 inches more room on their sides than the previous pot.

6. Wait at least a few days to water in your newly transplanted aloe or other succulent plant. When you water it in, use a rooting hormone or transplanting solution.

7. Remember, if you're potting your plant, and you have a tray below the pot to gather excess irrigation water, elevate the pot so that it does not allow the plant to soak in its drainage water.

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Further Notes: Transplanting, or re-establishing an Aloe or other succulent is stressful to your plant. So, the best time and place is in cooler weather or in shade. Also, try not to transplant while a plant is blooming or trying to bloom.


Maurice Levin
Jurassic Garden -- A&A Cycads
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Youíll notice we list and price cycads by their caudex size (diameter in inches). The caudex is a cycadís woody, bulblike trunk. Caudex diameter is a good measure of a cycad's age. The chart below can give you a rough idea of how this translates to pot size.

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