Exactly how much of Aloe leaf is required for it to root?

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

Does it matter how close to the stem that they are cut off?
(I don't want to waste any leaves by not taking them off of the plant properly!)

I am thinking of propagating a few Aloe striata, IF I can be reasonably clear as to how to go about it. I *don't* want to waste any leaves! Or, damage the plant without getting a viable start to root!

Also, can older leaves that are starting to die back be used for making successful cuttings?

(I *am* looking for *details*. . . not just 'yes' or 'no' answers!)

Also, can *ALL* Aloes be rooted the *same* way from their leaves?
Or, are some not 'root-able' in this way?

Thank You for any info, links to info, & personal experiences that you are willing to share!


(The only time I have tried aloe leaf 'cuttings' was when a gopher ate out the entire center of an *ALOE VERA* plant, leaving the leaves with holes through their center...

I took off several leaves, until there was no more hole in those left, and set those still-attached leaves together --whole-- in some moist sand. It seems that the 3 lowest leaves rooted, as there are now 3 aloe rosettes in that pot. But, I don't think that I can get the ENTIRE leaves off of the viable mother-Aloe --which the gophers did by eating the stem out from between them-- without doing serious damage to 'her'. So, I am wondering how far back from the stem I can cut the leaves, for them to be able to root...

I'm not sure if I have to have ALL of the root intact (like the gophers left them), or, whether the cutting a leaf further out from the stem could also root OK.)

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mulege, Mexico

Ask palmbob. kb.

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

One comment. I've rooted Aloe Vera, by pulling the offshoots up, but not by individual leaves so I'm no help. Have you tried asking on the succulent forum?

Hollywood, CA(Zone 9b)

I do not know of any aloe that can be rooted from just a leaf. You need at leat part of the stem or as Doug said, from an off shoot.

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

I know that I *read* that it 'can' be done somewhere ... not sure where ... but this is an example of what some are saying:

"Aloe Vera Plant Propagation: How To Start An Aloe Plant From *Cuttings* Or Pups" http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm

I still don't feel it could be true, but, I have been wrong before ...
... once in a *great* while (;

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I just stick it in the dirt and water. It'll root from a portion of the leaf.

Tuskegee, AL(Zone 8a)

Maybe there is some confusion about what is being called "Aloe." Some plants with long, sword-like leaves will root from sections of the leaf, like Sansevieria trifasciata. Many plants will start from the base of a leaf (begonias, jade plants, African violets). Others root from modified stems that appear to be leaves (Epiphyllum). But I agree with the others who wrote that Aloe leaf sections won't root.

Any part of a plant that will produce both roots and buds has to contain meristem cells -- undifferentiated cells that can produce any part of the plant. Aloe leaves don't have such cells.

As for the sites you found that say they do, I'm sure you know that the internet has no truth or accuracy filters. Anyone with access to a computer with a modem can post internet articles. We've all seen more improbable things than rooting Aloe leaves: Once, when I mentioned to a new friend (who has a Ph.D. in horticulture!) that I had different colored peacocks, she asked me if I had "sunflower peacocks," which she was sure existed because she had seen pictures!

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Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

*Sunflower* Peacocks eh . . . ? That's *hilarious!!!* Neighbors a block over had a pair of albino peacocks, and my uncle & aunt had the regular colored peacocks. Is there another color variety besides those?


*Thank you* for explaining about the requirement of a cutting having, "meristem cells -- undifferentiated cells that can produce any part of the plant."

I was hoping --beyond reason-- that I could propagate my Aloe striata from leaf cuttings. . . .

Now I'm wondering IF there's a way to somehow get it to send out one or more pups.

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Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

This is a picture of my Aloe striata's florette this past spring.

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Hollywood, CA(Zone 9b)

Aloe striata, if they do pup out, take a long time. I have several plants that are between 5-10 years old and they have not pupped. There is hope though. If you want more of them they are easy to grow from seed and are also readily available at many nurseries and even the big box stores. Growing from seed will most likely result in hybrids though but still intersting and beautiful (in my oppinion).

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