Last Updated on February 13, 2021 by Cristina
Repotting aloe vera long stem is an important technique you need to learn before attempting to move it anywhere to avoid killing it.
Aloe vera plants are great for both outdoor and indoor growth. They are succulents that do well in many parts of the world.
You might have an aloe vera plant that is poking out of its soil because the stem is too tall. If you are concerned that your aloe is too long and cannot be repotted, we will give you some steps to follow.
What to Do If Your Aloe Vera Stem is too Long
When your aloe stem becomes too long and heavy, it starts to tip over. Supporting it to keep it straight might not work because it might be too heavy. There are a couple of things to help you solve this issue.
We advise you to use a method that is less disturbing to the root of the aloe plant. There are 3 methods you can use to re-pot this long-stemmed aloe. Here we look at each one of them in detail.
Method 1: Repot Aloe Vera with Long Stem Deeper
One easy and best way is to get a deeper pot and some composted manure and repot again. The deeper pot will accommodate the length of the long aloe vera stem. Fill the pot with well-drained soil. Bury the long aloe stem with soil up to the first 2-3 leaves depending on the length of the plant. You can cut off some leaves below to be able to bury the stem even deeper into the pot.
Method 2: Repotting the Long Stem
Use this method for extremely long stems.
Step 1: Get a plastic container. Make one big round hole for drainage at the base of the container. The hole must be bigger than the stem of the aloe plant.
Step 2: Cut or slit open your plastic container straight down on the side to the bottom of the container drainage hole.
Step 3: Make some little holes side by side at the side where you slit open the container straight down. These small holes will help you to use a thread and seal the pot back once you are done repotting.
Step 4: Take your container and wrap it around the long-stemmed potted aloe vera plant. Fit it on top of this long stem, probably in the middle of the long stem, and allow it to sit on top as though it is hanging. Begin to thread upwards using the small cut holes so that the container can hold soil.
Step 5: Fill the container with soil or planting matter of your choice and water it. Nurture this aloe vera for a month or until it develops adequate roots to support the upper plant.
Step 6: Once you have enough roots to support this plant, cut it off and remove the hanging pot placing it in a good position for the aloe to continue thriving.
Method 3: Cut and Repot
You can also cut the long stem and repot the aloe plant. Use a sharp knife to cut ensuring you don’t damage the plant. Before repotting, allow the cut area to dry out. This eliminates the risk of rotting because succulents rot if subjected to wetness before it heals their wound.
Cut off and remove the lowest leaves about 2-3 to necessitate space to bury the new aloe vera plant. If you bury the lowest leaves, they will rot off.
When you finish repotting, do not water immediately. Wait for a couple of days before you feed your aloe plant with water to allow it to settle down in its container. This way the plant will recover easily from the stress and shock of transplanting.
Aloe being succulent does not thrive in overwatering. So don’t pour too much water when you begin your watering schedule. Feed it with adequate water without overdoing it. Little dryness is not bad for aloe; in fact, it makes it thrive! If you keenly follow this advice, you will have successfully repotted aloe vera long stem with ease.
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Now that we have seen the possibility of repotting aloe vera long stem, you don’t have to throw away your overgrown plant. Take time and choose a method that is friendly to use and make a new plant out of the old one. Remember to get the right soil or planting matter and to keep your plant in the right position to make it thrive again. Then you can enjoy all the aloes benefits without breaking a sweat.
What are you waiting for, go ahead and save your long stem aloes!
Caroline is a gardener who loves to get down to the nitty–gritty of gardening. She proudly proclaims herself as a ‘dirt worshipper‘ and can often be found deep in the garden, covered in soil and singing to her plants. As a self–proclaimed ‘plant whisperer‘, Caroline believes that plants need love and attention just like any other living thing, and she loves to give them both. When she‘s not tending to her garden, you can often find her researching the latest gardening trends, or teaching others how to make their gardens thrive