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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.)
This message was edited Oct 5, 2012 12:01 PM
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