Two succulent Aloe vera shoots easily fell off a friend's aloe plant from readjusting a pot. This plant is potentially under watered and, from looking at the main plant or by just observing the two crowns below, this plant is pretty etiolated and receives little sun.

Are these plants savable and what propagation method (plant as is-- stem propagation? division propagation) would be recommended?

I saw "Can I save my damaged Aloe vera plant?" however I'm asking in regards to crowns whose stems may look a little dry. I'm not sure if the same actions would be taken regarding propagating these crowns.

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Actually, I was in a similar situation a few weeks ago: A friend gave me an aloe crown that looked exactly like yours (i.e. slightly dry stem, no roots). What worked for me was to simply plant it into a pot with a mix of normal potting soil and some sand, water it and wait. It seems to have rooted quickly, at least it already started growing one or two new leaves.

I think an important point here is to avoid overwatering, or the plant would rot. The soil should be moist, but not too wet. I kept it in a rather warm and sunny spot near the window, but that most likely isn't necessary.

  • I went ahead and did this yesterday. Thanks
    – jeremy
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 17:00
  • For reference: The plant is still doing fine and it even grew another stem. I was able to successfully divide the plant and grow another Aloe with this method.
    – anderas
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 9:24

I'm not positive, but I think you can just throw those in a glass of water and it will put out roots.

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    I've read somewhere that it's not great to propagate succulents in water.
    – jeremy
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 19:35
  • If it's cut, and not dried out yet, no. It will just rot.
    – nportelli
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 20:00
  • Also that succulents like to pull moisture from soil and air, not particulary water.
    – jeremy
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 22:03

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