|Depending on how crowded your pot is, this can be tricky. Gently move the plants out of the way to determine where the stems are. Begin digging gently with your fingertips, feeling for the roots and carefully moving dirt away from them.|
|Each baby connects to the main root of the mama. Break the main baby root from the main mama root gently. This should be the only root you break. Try to keep the little ones intact as much as possible.|
|As long as you have about this much root left after digging up, your babies should thrive in their new home. Make sure to bury the roots deeply so that the soil can help support the top heavy mass of the aloe plant.|
|Our mama was so huge that my husband had to use two hands to hold her up. Look at that root system!|
|All in all, we ended up with 6 babies out of this litter. These will be going to good homes in the near future. They just need a little more TLC before they're sent off.|
Anytime you transplant something it's a pretty traumatizing experience for the plant. The first few weeks are critical to watch the babies as they adapt to their new pots. Normally, I only water my aloe plant once a week, but for the first week after transplanting, I water everyday. This is to ensure that the roots don't go into shock and that the soil settles around the root system. After the first week, just keep them near a window with lots of sun and water once a week.
I'm in the process of experimenting with rooting broken pieces of other cacti as well, so if I find success, I'll share a tutorial on that as well! (That came about from my cats continually knocking my pots off the window sills and finding broken branches on the counter...)
We will also be sharing recipes and ideas for how to use the aloe plant's gel!