Now, you might have an Aloe Vera poking out of its soil because the stem is pretty tall. If you are concerned that your Aloe Vera stem is too long, we will tell you what to do about it.
Aloe Vera plants are great for both indoors and outdoors succulent plants. They do well in containers although you can as well plant them directly into the soil.
As your Aloe Vera plant grows larger, one way or the other you might have to repot. You might even face the situation of a too-long stem and you might be wondering what you can do. We will give you some steps on how to solve an Aloe Vera with a too-long stem so let’s begin.
What to Do if your Aloe Vera Stem is too Long
When your Aloe Vera stem becomes too heavy and long, it might begin to tip over. Even supporting it with a stick to help it stand upright and that might not be work because it might be too heavy. There are a couple of things you can do to solve these issues.
1. Repotting Leggy Aloe Vera
For a small potted Aloe Vera plant that the stem is long and shooting out below, you can simply add more soil to fill the pot. You can opt for this if you don’t want to repot. However, doing this will make your soil full to the brim. This can cause the soil to splash over when you water or when it rains.
So you can simply repot. We will teach you two ways in which you can repot your Aloe Vera plants when the stem starts to get too long.
Method One – This method is for a small Aloe Vera plant.
- The first thing to repot your Aloe Vera plant is to remove the plant from its container and expose the soil.
- Gently take out all the soil.
- Next cut the roots you see coming out of the base as you remove the soil.
- Place it back into the container (you can either use a new or the same old container).
- Now fill up the container with fresh soil. Never use the old soil.
Method Two – This other method is for medium-sized and bigger sized Aloe Vera plant. This method is also less disturbing to the root of your Aloe Vera plant.
- Get a plastic container and make a big single round hole for drainage at the base of the plastic container. Ensure the hole at the base of the container is bigger than the stem size of your Aloe Vera plant. Now cut or slit the plastic container straight down at the side down to the bottom of the container drainage hole.
- Make some holes some little holes side by side at the side where you slit the plastic container straight down. This tiny hole is to allow you to thread and seal the pot back after you are done repotting.
- Now take the cut container and wrap it around the bigger sized potted Aloe Vera plant. Fit it on top of the bigger potted Aloe Vera plant and allow it to sit on top. Then you can begin to thread upwards the cut holes you punctured so the plastic container can stay well.
- When you are done threading and the second container, fill the container up with soil. Nurture this structured Aloe Vera for about a month. Then after a month, the Aloe Vera plant would have developed adequate roots to support the upper container. You can now proceed to cutting off and removing the second lower pot.
2. Repot Deeper
Another method of repotting deeper is to simply obtain a deeper pot with some compost grains. The deeper pot will accommodate the length of the Aloe Vera stem. Fill up and bury your Aloe Vera plant with soil up to the first two or three leaves depending on the length of your plant.
You can cut off some leaves below the plant stem to bury the stem deeper into the pot.
3. Cut and Repot
You can also cut some part of your Aloe Vera stem with a sharp knife and repot. Before repotting, allow the cut stem to dry out. You should also cut off or remove the lowest two leaves because when you bury your Aloe Vera plant, they will eventually rot off.
Aloe Vera with too Long Stem Final Note
After you must have finished repotting, don’t water immediately. Wait a couple of days before watering. Allow the newly transplanted Aloe Vera to settle down in its container. This way, your plant will recover well from the stress transplanting.