- Organic Home Garden Series: 7 Indoor Plants That Grow Without Soil
- How To Grow Aloe Vera In The Garden
- Planting aloe vera
- Enemies of Aloe Vera
- Harvesting Aloe Vera
- Culinary and Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera
- How To Clone Organically: Ditch The Rooting Hormone Products
- How To Root Cuttings In Your Organic Soil System
- Repotting Aloe Vera Plants
- How Do Aloe Vera Plants Reproduce?
- What Are Aloe Vera Pups?
- When Will My Aloe Vera Grow Pups?
- How To Encourage Aloe Pups
- When To Propagate Aloe Vera
- How To Separate Aloe Vera Plants Step-By-Step
- How To Plant Aloe Vera Babies
- How To Take Care Of A Baby Aloe Vera Plant
- Products I Recommend
- Recommended Reading
- More Information About Plant Propagation
- 1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals:
- 2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids
- 3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
- 4. Aloe Helps with Digestion
- 5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification
- 6. Aloe Alkalizes the Body
- 7. Cardiovascular Health
- 8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System
- 9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin
- 10. Aloe vera is a: Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral:
- 11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation
- 12. Weight Loss – A Secondary effect
- Aloe Vera Intake Precautions
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Organic Home Garden Series: 7 Indoor Plants That Grow Without Soil
Indoor plants are both beautiful and beneficial to have in your home. They help make the atmosphere more pleasant, and can also help to purify the air. Sometimes caring for plants that need soil can be messy business. The good news is that although most plants require soil, some plants only require a few rocks and water. For those who would prefer to grow in your home without the use of dirt, read on to find out which 7 indoor plants you can grow without soil.
1. Tillandsias (Air Plants)
Classified as epiphytes, air plants only require bright light or filtered sunlight, good air circulation, and water. These indoor plants need to be watered 2-3 times a week, and maybe more if they are in warmer or dryer environments. They are easy to care for. It is highly recommended that when watered, tillandsias should be saturated until water rolls off the plant. They thrive the best in places that are well ventilated.
Orchids are often used as a symbol for love and beauty. These plants come in all sorts of varieties, and they are just gorgeous when they blossom. They love humidity and good air circulation because they absorb most of their nutrients through the air. Lava rock is very porous and is awesome for growing orchids. Orchids burn easily in the sun, so it’s best for them to have only a little sunlight. Growing these indoor plants can be as simple as placing stones or pebbles on a tray, and then just adding water.
3. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Lucky Bamboo is a popular indoor plant, and it’s not actually bamboo at all, but a type of dracaena. The nice thing about this plant is that it is great for offices because it requires little maintenance and sunlight. All you really need is a pot, rocks, and water to grow a lucky bamboo plant. You must ensure that it has at least 1 inch of water at all times, and that the roots are always submerged in water. These indoor plants make great gifts and wonderful decoration.
4. Paperwhite Narcissuses (Narcissus tazetta)
This pretty, indoor, bulb plant only requires a glass container, rocks, and water to grow. The water should reach just to the base of the bulbs, and no higher. These plants require indirect sunlight. When the flowers on a paperwhite narcissus bloom, they are usually a beautiful, brilliant white color.
Hyacinths are vibrant, colorful bulb-flowers that are usually grown in soil, but they can grow in a vase without it. An interesting aspect about these indoor plants is that they grow best when put in a dark place for at least 10 weeks while the roots develop. After the roots develop, it can be placed in an area with filtered sunlight. The bulbs can grow in a container with just pebbles and water. Be sure to waterlog, and not to overwater this plant.
Philodendrons are indoor plants that can grow year-round, and they are easy to care for. These plants should be placed in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. They are considered one of the very few plants that can grow in a container with water permanently. When planting philodendrons in water, it is suggested that the water be changed every 3-4 days.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant to grow without soil, and it can often be used for many kinds of purposes, which is what why this indoor plant is one of my favorites. It does need to be watered frequently with the soil being completely dried between watering because it is a plant that normally grows in dry desert regions. Aloe Vera does best when grown with small, sand-like pebbles, a little water, full sunlight, and partial shade.
These plants are great options for those looking to try and grow plants without the use of soil. Most of these indoor plants are highly sensitive to chlorine, so it is a good idea to use water that contains little to none of this chemical. Another thing to keep in mind is that most plants that are grown without soil will more than likely require some type of fertilizer, such as an organic spray-on fertilizer, to make up for the nutrients they may be lacking.
Stay tuned for more organic home gardening tips and ideas!
How To Grow Aloe Vera In The Garden
Lets Do FarmFollow Nov 28, 2017 · 4 min read
Planting aloe vera
The initial stage when planting aloe vera, do realize that the plant is succulent. When growing aloe vera plants, grow them in a desert flora gardening soil mix or a regular potting soil that has been changed with extra perlite or building sand.Likewise, ensure that the pot has a lot of drainage openings because aloe plants can’t endure standing water. One essential thing being taken care of by aloe vera houseplants is that they have perfect light. aloe vera plants require intense light, so they do best when facing the south or west. Another essential part of how to plant an aloe vera plant is to water the plant accurately. The soil of the aloe vera plant is supposed to be completely dry before being watered.
At the point when the aloe vera plant is watered, the soil ought to be completely soaked. However, the water ought to be permitted to empty uninhibitedly out of the soil. If you wish to fertilize your aloe vera plant, you can and that should be done just once in a year which is during spring. You can utilize phosphorus-heavy, water-based manure at half strength. Developing aloe vera houseplants is straightforward as well as it can also serve as a remedy to help treat minor burns and rashes too.
Enemies of Aloe Vera
Like any plant, aloe vera can experience the ill effects of bugs, illness, and organism on its stem or roots. Coarse bugs and scale, which are little, flat tan or dark colored bugs that suck the sap from aloe vera, are the most well-known creepy crawly issues. You ought to likewise be aware of leaf rot, as this is a typical sickness for aloe vera which is regularly caused by too much water. To maintain a strategic distance from a parasite, keep the soil and plant dry and you can likewise protect your aloe vera plant from bugs with a natural pesticide.
Harvesting Aloe Vera
Once your aloe vera plant reaches maturity, you can start to harvest aloe for its healthful advantages. It’s safe to start this process once extra leaves or shoots have developed from the focal point of the plant. To harvest leaves from your aloe vera begin by choosing full grown leaves from the outermost area of the plant. Cut them from as close to the base as possible, yet be careful not to disturb the roots. Since it’s a living decoration, I would regard choose plant leaves that won’t lessen the plant’s aesthetics. The plantlets your aloe vera creates can without quite a bit of an extent are removed by means of uprooting them, isolated from the parent, and re-planting alone. These smaller plants tend to be awesome gifts.
Culinary and Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been utilized far and wide for quite a long time as nutritious supplementation and topical use. It’s a characteristic wellspring of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes, all of which bolster healthy immune function, soothe and cleanse the digestive tract, and support the circulatory framework. In the event that you have ever suffered eczema or psoriasis, you know about the uneasiness caused by these skin sicknesses. When you put aloe vera on the skin, the cream can decrease the seriousness of the conditions and stop the itching. The gel form is especially helpful for skin ailments. Many individuals decide on the aloe vera gel set up of cortisone cream to relieve irritation. Applying the gel to fever rankles can decrease swelling and pain related with the blisters. It has demonstrated a noteworthy change in the presence of stretch marks and scars.
The juice from this medicinal plant can be found in topical lotions, shampoos, and creams which add to skin softening. You can likewise drink the real juice straight-up or added to different liquids if individuals who ingest the juice discover relief from numerous stomach related issues for example; Peptic Ulcers, badly tempered gut disorder, ulcerative colitis, heartburn, and reflux. At the point when taken inside, aloe vera juice would sooth stomach bothering by restoring and keeping up the balance of stomach acids.
This results in enhanced digestive capacities and absorption of appropriate supplements. Going from a radiant skin, relief from digestive problems, a boost to your immune system or basically a general feeling of well being, although discovered a large number of years ago, today would all be able to keep on enjoying the medicinal uses and health advantages of aloe Vera.
Do you Know aloe vera helps to Purify air in your home: Houseplants That Help To Purify Air in Your Home
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How To Clone Organically: Ditch The Rooting Hormone Products
October 20, 2014 0 Comments
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How To Root Cuttings In Your Organic Soil System
This is how I do it (Most Of The Time) and you can too. That being said, there are many ways to clone and I’ve found that between planting seeds and cloning, almost everyone comes up with their own special routine. You’ll notice I don’t use any coconut water in the recipe. That’s not for any particular reason but it’s just how I’ve done it personally. You can use it if you like and see if your results are better than mine. These methods were passed down to me and many others on the forums from ClackamasCoots and I take no credit for the info. All I wanted to do was show everyone how well this recipe actually works in hopes that you will ditch the rooting hormone bottles and go the all natural route. It may look like a lot of stuff, but in action it only takes me a few minutes to get setup.
I personally take cuttings two weeks before I go into flower. That way I can make sure they all rooted and have one last emergency chance at it before the ladies go into flower.
NOTICE: There is a myth that you have to keep a mother plant and that clones of clones eventually lose vigor. This is preposterous and totally untrue. The only thing that causes bad clones are when you clone from an unhealthy plant. You can clone a clone from a clone forever.
List Of Items:
- Aloe Vera 200x Powder
- Bio Ag Ful Power
- Plant Propagation Tray – Super Sprouter Quad thick
- Humidity Dome to fit your tray.
- Grodan Smart Tray
- Root Riot – Peat Cloning Plugs
- Spray Bottle for Foliar – I like the Chapin Model 1949 or 19049
- Cups to soak cuttings in, several if taking different types of cuttings.
- Bowl to mix 1 gallon of water and soak Root Riot Plugs in.
- Scissors or Razor
- Measuring Shot Glass or Measuring spoons
Instructions: Keep Everything Clean! No Dirty trays or Scissors. (I scrub every tray with soap and water)
- Mix Cloning Solution in your bowl. Cut recipe in half for a small cloning session, or water your houseplants with the leftovers, they deserve a special treat every once in awhile. If you don’t have house plants, go get some. At least an Aloe Vera and maybe a Money Tree.
- 1 Gallon Clean Water
- .33 Gram (1/8 Teaspoon) of Aloe Vera 200x Powder (No need to be 100% Exact)
- 20 – 30 ml Ful Power Fulvic Acid
- 5 ml of Pre-Mixed 7.8% Agsil16h solution
- Once this mixture is prepared pour a few ounces of it into a short glass or plastic beer cup with labels for each type of cutting. This is where you will soak your cuttings. Also set some aside for your spray bottle to use as foliar once cuttings are ready to go.
- Take your cuttings using scissors or a sharp razor.
- Pull the lower leaves off and prepare your cuttings, once prepared place them into the cloning liquid inside the designated soaking cup.
- While these cuttings are soaking, go ahead and toss all of the Root Riot Plugs you will require into the bowl with the majority of the original gallon of Cloning solution. Let these soak.
- Let your clones soak for at least one hour.
- Once ready, place your Grodan smart tray into the propagation tray and insert your root riot plugs into the square openings. I typically make rows of 4 cuttings and leave space between the rows so that I can label the type of varietal in each row and keep track.
- Then place your cuttings gently into the whole provided within the Root Riot Pucks and be careful not to force them too hard or you will snap the stem.
- Once the cuttings are in the tray and ready for the dome you will want to then foliar spray with the same solution you used to soak the cuttings in.
- Place the Humidity dome on the tray and place the tray away from direct grow lights. I personally leave it way to the side of a grow tent only receiving ambient light from my T5. I have also used Home Depot Shop Lights with good success. The key is to have just enough light for the plant to produce roots but not enough for it to attempt to grow. If the plant tries to grow it will use the nutrients in its leaves turn yellow causing it to lose health stress out.
- Temperatures are key and I prefer 70-85 Degrees and once daily inspection by lifting the dome and making sure none of the pucks are getting dry. If they are getting dry or if the humidity is too low I will Foliar Spray with Aloe Solution or plain water. I also make sure to spray the pucks to keep the moist when I do this.
These are the rooting pucks that I use. I like them because when you pull on the corner of one it stays together and doesn’t crumble apart.
This is the Super Sprouter Tray that I really really like. It’s MUCH thicker and won’t buckle when carrying it around with weight in it.
This is the Rooting Tray That I really Like. It’s double sided and durable. (Just Imagine It’s Not Upside Down)
Here is the Dome. It has Side Flow through vents and a top Vent. I like it, but any tall one like this will do.
Getting Ready to make the recipe.
How I Use My Agsil16H for ease of measuring. Clear Bottle So I know it’s mixed properly.
Make your bowl of solution and then take cups for each type of cutting you will be taking. Label the cups with the cutting name and pour a little bit of the freshly made solution into each cup. When you take your cuttings and prepare them, you will soak them in the labeled cups for at least one hour while the rooting pucks soak.
This is how I mix the aloe first. I like to activate the saponins by really shaking it together in here. (Some warm water from the bowl was used to keep the Gallon ratios even and accurate)
Take Cuttings of newer growth with at least a couple nodes on it. (Old stiff woody growth won’t work well)
I then pull the lower leaves off and downward. Sometimes the leaf pulls a thin layer of the stalk off with it and that’s perfectly fine.
This is what it looks like when the leaves are taken off except the top. I don’t trim the fan leaves off but you can if you are taking many clones and they will be crowded together.
After at least one hour and up to 12 hours I like to take the pucks out of the water and then set them into the tray gently. Don’t squeeze them as that will close some of the air bubbles out of the pucks and drain too much water out… these things are perfect right out of the bucket of solution.
I line mine up in rows two wide and alternating so there is space between each cutting. See Photo Below.
I label them like this and then snap a photo, then I don’t have to keep the labels, you can do this however you want.
Insert Cuttings gently, don’t force them or you will snap the stem. If this happens cut the clone shorter and try again. Also keep clones with bigger leaves in the center and away from the sides where your dome will pinch the leaves etc. If you are worried about it you can trim all the tips of the leaves off.
All ready to go into the veg room or under the clone light.
See that spot way out of the direct light? Yeah, that’s a great spot. Too much light will cause yellowing as the plants attempt to grow. You want little light as this will promote rooting. I even think you could clone in the dark, but I’m not 100% sure how effective that would be.
Now Make sure the dome is all closed up and foliar spray. I didn’t use a heating mat here because it was Very warm and humid in the tent. But I encourage you to use one as long as your area is below 85 degrees or the night is too cool.
Foliar Spray with this same mixture and make sure it gets really humid.
Open the dome at least once per day but preferably once at night and once in the morning. You can start to vent the dome after a few days depending on your local environment. I live in Colorado and it’s dry so I usually leave them closed mostly until I see roots then I Crack them a little more each day.
They should look like this the whole way, no yellowing Etc.
On Day 6 Start Checking for roots, or just wait until day 10 when most will be rooted.
This is Day 6!!!
About half looked like this at day 6-8 and the other half by day 10… with a few stragglers. I left the stragglers and took care of them until around day 15 or so and this is what they looked like.
I would rather transplant a day after I see the first roots pop.
I usually clone into small square cups so that I can keep them under a humidity dome and slowly harden them off once transplanted.
These are the cups I transplant into (I use BuildASoil Living Organic Soil Right Away) I put them in a tray under a dome and then slowly open the vents and after a few days remove the lid and then eventually under the full light. Once roots are popping out I’m ready to use this clone finally!
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Transplanting aloe vera is often a good idea. Those that are top heavy, leaning over, and have several pups, are all good candidates for re-potting.
Though they may be one of the easiest houseplants to grow, repotting aloe vera is sometimes a necessary task.
Repotting Aloe Vera Plants
I had a couple of aloe vera plants on my windowsill in the kitchen. After all, what’s better than aloe for treating an oven burn? The light is not the brightest here, but the plants continued to grow and thrive. However, as you can see if you look closely, the one on the left is super top heavy and leaning out of the pot.
Just look at how long the base is.
Time to transplant. First cut off a good bit of the base, and let the cut form a callus for a few days. Like all succulents, it is best to let the cutting dry out to avoid rot.
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Then re-pot along with any little aloe vera pups or off shoots into a heavy shallow terra cotta pot. Make sure you use a lightweight soil mix that drains quickly. Add perlite if needed to your potting mix. You can also buy potting soil made for cacti and succulents.
Note: Do not water the transplants. Wait a week to water the new pot. This will give the roots a chance to get established. Even though some people may call this the cockroach of plants, too much water is one thing that will surely kill it.
Aloe Plant Care
When you do water the aloe transplant make sure to water it thoroughly, allowing water to come through the bottom of the pot. I often do this at the sink and then let it sit there to drain well. Typically aloe only needs to be watered once or twice a month. It’s better to keep it on the dry side. When in doubt, don’t water.
This new pot is now in the dining room under supplemental grow lights. Obviously, it’s too big for a kitchen windowsill, and it may enjoy the extra light. I did leave one small pot of aloe in the kitchen for emergency burns. When it gets too big for the pot, I’ll transplant it too.
Here’s an updated picture of my replanted aloe a year later. It has now grown into many aloe plants and looks so much better.
P.S. If you are interested in learning about more easy to care for houseplants you may like this article about the ZZ plant or Monstera deliciosa. Both are really pretty and are super easy to grow. Find them and many more indoor gardening ideas on my Gardening Page.
Advice for the Home Gardener From the Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ Help Desk
Client’s Questions & Concerns:
Client called in and also sent email with picture asking whether her aloe needed repotting. Plant appeared to be in original 4″ pot. She also wanted to know why the plant was drooping.
Response from the CCMG Help Desk
Client’s Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) Thank you for contacting Master Gardeners about your aloe plant and whether it needs to be repotted. Based on the picture that you provided, your Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) would definitely benefit from repotting.
You want to choose a pot that is wider and deeper than the current plant, with space for the plant to grow. The new pot can be plastic or clay/ceramic. Given the top-heavy nature of an aloe you may want to use a clay or ceramic pot. Any pot you select should have one or more drainage holes in the bottom. You can use commercial cactus mix as your planting medium.
Before planting, lightly cover the drainage holes with a piece of clay or a screen. Note: Do not place pebbles or multiple layers of clay pieces in the bottom of the pot “to improve drainage”. Recent research has shown that the pebbles do not improve drainage; they just limit the space for the roots.
To repot, remove the plant from the current pot, clearing away the old soil from the roots. I noticed that you have a “pup” in the corner of the current pot. You will want to cut the pup from the main plant. You can plant it separately if you want. Place the plant(s) in the new pots with the cactus mix. The main plant can be planted with the lowest leaves at the soil level, i.e., with the bare stem buried. Allow the plant(s) to rest out of direct sunlight without water for the first week or two after repotting. This allows time for roots that may have been damaged in the transplanting process to heal.
There are several environmental factors that could be causing the drooping problem. One is water. Aloes should be watered approximately once a week through the growing season (spring to fall). Aloes need less water during the winter, but you do need to make sure that it gets enough water to avoid shriveling. You especially want to make sure that the plant does not fully dry out once you start watering it this winter after the transplant waiting period is over. However, you should let it dry out the top 1-2″ between waterings (you can stick your finger and/or popsicle stick to check, etc.).
A second factor is fertilization. The plant looks like it had some sudden new growth. Like many houseplants, aloes do well with regularly applied diluted fertilizer during the growing season, with no fertilizer during the dormant (winter) season.
A third factor is light. Your plant may need additional light. A west or south facing window is best. Care must be used when introducing additional light or moving the plant to a brighter location. The plant should be introduced to the additional light gradually to avoid scorching.
For more information on repotting and growing succulents and cactus see: http://www.csssj.org/welcome_visitors/basic_culture.html.
For specific information on aloes, see: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-aloe-vera-container-80791.html and
for indoor succulents http://homeguides.sfgate.com/indoor-potted-succulents-dying-80564.html.
And for a view of Aloes and other succulents in a garden setting (with some in pots as well in the nursery), you should visit The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. This is a world-class garden utiliizing succulents and other water-aving plants in settings that can be inspiration for your home and garden.
Good luck with your aloe.
Please let us know if you have further questions.
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It’s fun and easy to propagate aloe vera plants, and soon you’ll have tons of new babies to share with friends. In this post, I will talk about the different methods for propagating aloe vera, give you tips for how to encourage aloe pups, and show you exactly how to separate aloe plants step-by-step.
Aloe vera succulent plants are one of my all time favorites, and they make excellent, low maintenance houseplants. I’ve had mine for almost 20 years, and I’ve propagated it many times over. In fact, most of my friends and family (and even a some of my neighbors) have babies from it.
Whether you’re growing an aloe plant as a houseplant, or in your garden, the steps for propagating aloe vera are the same. First let’s talk a little about aloe vera reproduction.
How Do Aloe Vera Plants Reproduce?
Aloe vera propagation can be done by division, by stem cuttings, or by growing seeds. The easiest and most common way to propagate aloe vera is by division. So, in this post, I will show you how to split an aloe vera plant. I’ll save the two other methods to use as topics of future posts.
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What Are Aloe Vera Pups?
New aloe vera plants grow at the base of the plant, and those are called pups. But there are several other common names for aloe vera pups. So, you may also here them called suckers, offshoots, offsets, babies, slips, or sometimes plantlets.
Whatever you want to call them, once they’re mature, they can be separated from the plant and potted up to make new plants. Once these baby plants are mature enough, you can propagate aloe vera plants by removing the babies from the plant and potting them up on their own.
When Will My Aloe Vera Grow Pups?
With proper care, it doesn’t take long for a plant to start producing offshoots of it’s own. Older plants tend produce pups more prolifically than younger plants. But a young aloe vera plant can start growing pups within the first few years.
I’ve had small aloe vera plants produce pups in as little as a year after planting them on their own. But it can also take much longer than that, depending on the growing conditions. A healthy aloe plant is much more likely to grow pups than one that’s struggling.
How To Encourage Aloe Pups
If your plant hasn’t grown any offsets yet, there are certainly things you can do to try to encourage aloe pups. First, be sure that it’s getting plenty of light. If you’re growing aloe vera indoors, move it to a south facing window or add a grow light.
You could also try putting it outside during the summer to encourage aloe pups. If you do that, just be sure to slowly acclimate it to a full sun location so it won’t get sunburn (yes, ironic I know, but aloe vera plants can get sunburn!). Also, be sure that your aloe is in a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom before moving it outside.
Keep in mind that aloes thrives on neglect, so make sure you’re not overwatering it. Always allow the soil to dry out before watering it again. I water my large aloe plant maybe once or twice during the winter. It goes outside in the summer where it gets watered only when it rains. And my plant grows new pups every year.
You could also try giving your aloe a shot of fertilizer in the spring or early summer to encourage pups. A general purpose organic succulent plant fertilizer will work great. Compost tea is also a great choice to use for aloe vera plant fertilizer. You can use a pre-made compost tea, or you can buy compost tea bags and brew your own aloe fertilizer.
Aloe vera suckers (aka pups) growing at base of mother plant
When To Propagate Aloe Vera
You can divide aloe vera plants at any time during the year, but you must wait until the pups are mature enough to be removed. The best way to tell if the babies are ready to be separated is to check the aloe plant roots.
To do that, carefully slide the entire plant out of the pot. Then brush away the dirt until you can see the bottoms of the pups. You’ll know they are ready to be removed because they’ll have their own roots.
Only remove the ones that have their own root system because aloe pups without roots may not be able to survive on their own. So, if all of the offshoots are really small and you can’t see any roots, then put the plant back into the pot and give it a few more months for the pups to grow.
How To Separate Aloe Vera Plants Step-By-Step
Once you’ve determined that it’s safe to start splitting an aloe plant, then it’s time to collect a few supplies. Don’t worry, you don’t need to buy a bunch of expensive propagation supplies. In fact, you probably already have most of this stuff on hand!
- Succulent potting soil
- Clean containers (for potting up the babies)
- Metal chopsticks (makes it easier to detangle the roots)
- Pair of clippers or a sharp knife
- Trowel (optional)
Steps to propagate aloe vera plants:
Step 1: Loosen the root system: It can be difficult to untangle thick aloe vera plant roots without disturbing them too much, so you may need to be extremely patient here. You don’t want to accidentally break any of the delicate roots off of the pups. Brushing away and shaking off as much dirt from the root system as you can will help to make splitting an aloe plant a bit easier.
Aloe vera plant root system with pups still attached
Step 2: Cut the pup from the main plant – If the stem of the pup is still attached to the mother plant, sever the connection with a sharp knife or pair of clippers. This will make the job of untangling their roots much easier.
Step 3: Untangle the pups roots – Gently tease and untangle the pups roots to separate them, trying not to break any of the roots in the process. This is going to sound silly, but using a metal chopstick makes detangling the aloe root system much easier. I got a pair of these a few years ago, and they are awesome to use to propagate aloe vera like this!
Separating aloe vera plants by teasing the roots apart
Step 4: Use rooting hormone for immature pups – If any of the aloe offsets you removed don’t have a lot of roots, they only have small root nubs on them, or the roots broke off, you can use rooting hormone to help the pups develop strong roots faster. Simply dip the end into the rooting powder before sticking it into the soil.
Make sure each baby aloe plant has mature roots before removing
Step 5: Repot the main plant – Once you’re done removing the pups, you can simply slide the mother plant back into the original pot and top it off with fresh aloe vera potting soil. Otherwise, this is a great time to repot it into a new container if you want. Don’t use too large of a container for repotting an aloe plant though, because they like to be pot-bound.
How To Plant Aloe Vera Babies
Now that they’re removed, you can plant each individual pup into its own pot. Since they are succulents, the best potting soil for aloe vera plants is a sandy, fast draining mix.
You can purchase potting soil that’s specifically made for succulents, or make your own using a mix of coarse sand, general potting soil and perlite or pumice. (here’s my recipe for how to make your own succulent soil mix).
If you have a lot of pups you want to pot up and share, these small pots are the perfect size to use. If you tend to overwater plants, choose a pot with drainage holes or a clay pot. You can also use a gritty succulent soil as a potting mix for aloe vera, which will give them extra drainage.
Plant each pup in the new pot at the same depth it was in the old pot. Don’t forget to add a plant tag to each plant if you’re going to share them with friends.
Ready to transplant aloe vera offshoots into their own pots
How To Take Care Of A Baby Aloe Vera Plant
After transplanting aloe vera starts, wait for several days before watering them, especially if the soil is already damp. This will give them time to recover from the shock.
Taking care of aloe vera pups is no different than caring for the mother plant. Just remember, they thrive on neglect, so don’t kill them with kindness. Learn more details about how to care for aloe vera plants.
Brand new aloe vera plants all potted up
That’s it, now that you know the steps to propagate aloe vera by division, you’ll have an endless supply of aloe. Just look at all those new aloe plants! Be sure to share them with friends. I mean, who wouldn’t want free aloe vera plants!? They make great gifts too!
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1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals:
Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essential. Estimates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids. Aloe vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterols, which are important fatty acids – HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in the blood), campesterol, and B-sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic.
3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
Aloe vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. It is thought that aloe’s power as an adaptogen balances the body’s system, stimulating the defense and adaptive mechanisms of the body. This allows you an increased ability to cope with stress (physical, emotional and environmental stress like pollution)
4. Aloe Helps with Digestion
Poor digestion is related to many diseases. A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need. It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.
5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification
Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and chia seeds. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.
6. Aloe Alkalizes the Body
Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule – 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
7. Cardiovascular Health
There hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted on aloe’s effect on cardiovascular health, but there has been some research to show that aloe vera extract injected into the blood, greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of the red blood cells. According to a study published in the 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal, beta sitosterol helps to lower cholesterol. By regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and oxidation of the blood, lowering cholesterol, and making blood less sticky, aloe vera juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.
8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System
I think given the stresses of our daily lives, every one can use a boost to their immune systems. The polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune system that fight against viruses. Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of anti-oxidants, which help combat the unstable compounds known as free-radicals, contributing to the aging process. (Free radicals are a bi-product of life itself, it is a naturally occurring process but we can overload ourselves with unnecessary free-radicals by living an unhealthy lifestyle). Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it used to reduce or prevent fever.
9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin
Because of aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, aloe is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry. It is a known vulnerary, (meaning it helps heal wounds) and is great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even to bug bites. Aloe acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. It’s feels especially good to cut a stem of aloe, place it in the fridge and rub it on sun burnt skin – the immediate soothing effect feels like an absolute lifesaver. Aloe is also an antipruritic: A substance that relieves or prevents itching. Aloe vera is an astringent: which causes the contraction of body tissues, typically used to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions. Due to aloe’s high water content (over 99% water) it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin and fits within my general guideline: “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!” Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.
Wow, I think that covers all anti- bases. Okay, I admit, that was just a sneaky way to add in another 8 good reasons why you should keep an aloe vera as a handy (to to mention beautiful) house plant and incorporate it’s uses into your healthy lifestyle. Aloe vera’s active ingredients are sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol which are substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms and act as a team to provide antimicrobial activity thus eliminating many internal and external infections, also active against bacteria. It also helps to treat fungal and viral infections.
11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation
Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation. This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiffness and help improve joint flexibility.
12. Weight Loss – A Secondary effect
Improving your digestion, and detoxifying your body will have a secondary effect of promoting weight loss because when you start to improve your digestion you naturally eliminate more efficiently, which is a primary way that we all detoxify – through our bowels. This will lighten your toxic load on your body and will give you more energy.
Aloe Vera Intake Precautions
This plant is incredibly medicinal, yet there are some cautions against long-term use. Just because a little is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is more beneficial. This is an incredibly potent plant and should be used with a level of respect for its potency. Long-term use can lead to loss of electrolytes, especially potassium.
Tip: Avoid taking aloe internally during pregnancy, menstruation, if you have hemorrhoids or degeneration of the liver and gall bladder.