I noticed recently that there were two green little stubs growing on my Aloe vera root. I'm a little worried. What are they and is this normal?

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Tips were browning a little when I came back from a 3 day vacation, but I move it to a shadier place . Does not look like a very healthy plant 😥

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    I'm confused by the picture - is this an actual aloe plant, or just a root, and if its a root, isn't it planted in something? Please explain or add another picture of the entire plant
    – Bamboo
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 11:13
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    Looks like roots that have greened up due to light exposure. Have you just uprooted the plant for the photo or has it been like this some time? Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 15:58
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    It doesn't seem like there is very much root on the plant Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 15:59
  • I like George's answer. If these are growing from a root then they are baby roots exposed to light which causes some chlorophyll and greens them up. They are pointed down...another symptom of roots versus leaves. Need a better picture for sure. And George, these cactus/succulents have relatively SMALL root systems.
    – stormy
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 16:57
  • Please send more pictures if you can...whatever is confusing you please explain as much as you are able. No one is born knowing this stuff!! I am just glad you care enough to come to this site to ASK and learn!!!
    – stormy
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 19:10

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Those green bumps are likely roots starting to grow, but what's odd is why they're green - they should be white if they're not exposed to daylight, so maybe you didn't bury it properly? Just replant it and leave it alone; over time, hopefully, it will put out more roots and more topgrowth.

Looking again, the stump at the base of the plant is quite short; you say you buried the base under soil, but its possible that some light did get to the root nubs because of the shortness of the stump. Over time, they should grow on and become paler, but don't be tempted to look! You'll know over time if the plant has produced good roots because the top will start getting bigger.

  • Well my aloe Vera plant was exposed to light , I plant it on my condominium balcony. And I did bury it properly, maybe it turn green due to my excessive digging it up to check on it Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 19:19
  • Sorry, I meant the root nubs being exposed to light, not the topgrowth - the stump at the base is quite short, so I guess where the roots are forming wouldn't be that far down under the soil, so some light penetration might have occurred. It doesn't mean they won't grow, they'll turn paler as they get deeper into the soil. I'll edit my answer...
    – Bamboo
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 19:29
  • It's okay, no need to apologise :) I'm very greatful for your help , I will try to bury it deeper and I won't be tempted to look ! Thank! Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 10:47

Those are roots (aloes have fleshy roots near the base). The coloration is from aloin content. It's normal, no need to worry.

Those roots are the first, more will come soon if that soil stays moist. Make sure it does not become muddy wet. Also, do not move the plant around in the soil now. In less than a month it'll be rooted in and you'll see new growth pushing from the center. That new growth is what will make the plant look healthy for you. Looks good, I might have used an easy draining mix instead of soil, but you should be ok.

  • I see, thank you :) the soil was given by my friend, he said it was suitable for aloe , should I change it to an easy draining mix? Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 6:59
  • @Danc it might be better in the long run. Careful not to damage the roots of you do.
    – J. Musser
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 12:55

To answer your question, definitely do not worry. Completely normal, healthy and a good sign...for your plant. Do send more pictures, OK?

  • I see, thank you :) I'm glad it's doing fine. And I will send more pictures of its progress <3 Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:42

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