Wednesday Vignette: Aloe question

My Wednesday Vignette this week is a question...

...a question about aloes. Specifically, one type of aloe. More specifically, the one potted plant that is too close to my desk chair and hence gets a fleshy leaf snapped off once in a while when I move back too far.


The question: Will this root?

Is it like an opuntia pad, where I can just let the wound dry out a bit, then stick it into an appropriate soil mix and it will sprout roots and grow?

Seems to be shriveling quite a bit.

Not that it really matters, as there are dozens of offsets in that pot. I just hate "pruning" a plant accidentally and then just throwing the cuttings away.

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM)  

No, unfortunately aloe leaves don't root. But the "gel" is great for skin irritations.

Lisa  – (December 23, 2015 at 7:11 PM)  

Great for burns, rashes, bites - we wrap the leaves that fall off or break in plastic wrap and keep,them in the fridge for emergencies.

Hoover Boo  – (December 23, 2015 at 9:55 PM)  

What Gerhard said. It is Crassulaceae that has the leaves that root.

Anna K  – (December 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM)  

"Accidental pruning" - I like that expression, although I too hate when it happens. Glad Gerhard and Hoov knew - I have been wondering the same thing, but didn't know the answer. I love how with plants, you can easily learn something new every day. :) Love the photo at the end!

Alan  – (December 24, 2015 at 6:09 AM)  

Thanks Gerhard and Hoov! Is it all Aloes that have soothing gel?

Lisa: our emergencies usually involve cuts, although bites... stings too?

Anna: Thanks, I like that last photo too. Reminds me of a game I played recently on PS4 called "Limbo". So beautiful and monochromatic.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM)  

Alan, all aloe leaves have a gel-like substance in their leaves and I'm sure that many of them would be soothing, but I'm not sure if all of them are. I've used Aloe maculata a lot (very common around here) and it's great. Aloe barbadensis (aka Aloe vera) of course is the best-known.

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