- Aloe vera pups can easily be divided and grown on
- Getting aloe vera babies
- Dividing aloe vera pups
- Allowing wounds to heal
- Repotting Aloe Vera Pups
- How long until they’re mature?
- HOW TO CARE FOR AN ALOE VERA PLANT
- REMOVING & REPLANTING ALOE VERA OFFSETS (PUPS)
- HOW TO GET YOUR ALOE VERA TO FLOWER
- RECOMMENDED VARIETIES
- WIT & WISDOM
- Aloe Transplanting Guide: Learn How To Repot An Aloe Plant
- When to Transplant Aloe Plants
- Propagating An Aloe Vera Plant And Repotting
- Propagating Offsets
- Propagating Cuttings
- How to Split Aloe Vera
- How to Plant Your Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera Plant Care Tips
- What To Do Right After Planting Aloe Vera in Containers
- How to Transplant Aloe Vera & Separate Pups
Aloe vera pups can easily be divided and grown on
Aloe vera plants often produce masses of babies. Use these tips for dividing aloe vera pups from the parent plant to get more plants for free. Full DIY video at the end
If you have an aloe vera plant or are considering getting one then you need to be prepared for aloe vera babies. Lots of babies. Aloe can be grown from seed but most of the time you’ll get a plant thanks to how successful they are at sprouting little plants. I currently have TWENTY FIVE aloe vera pups growing on and needing new homes.
If your plant has started to grow pups, the instructions below will help you divide, re-pot, and grow them on. The video below will help you too. PS — my aloes are Aloe vera var. chinensis and may look different to yours.
Masses of baby plants growing from the base of the larger parent plant
Getting aloe vera babies
First things first. You will need a mature and healthy aloe vera plant to work with. Once you have it for a while you’ll probably start noticing miniature aloe plants forming at its base. Wait until those aloe vera babies are about three to four inches tall before you start dividing them.
If your plant is mature but not healthy then it’s unlikely that you’ll get babies from it, and if you do they might not be of the best quality. Aloe vera plants like:
- Free-draining compost – either a cactus compost or mix one part Perlite with two parts peat-free compost
- Sunny situations – remember, they’re a desert plant
- A good watering once in a while. Drench their compost only when it’s dry visibly and to the touch. Wait until it’s completely dry before watering again.
Larger aloe pups can pull away easily from the parent plant
Dividing aloe vera pups
Most aloe vera pups will be firmly attached to the base of the parent plant but will also have their own roots.
- Take the parent plant out of its pot and then brush as much of the compost from its roots as possible.
- Find each baby plant and see if you can pull it away from the main plant easily. If it comes away and has roots you’re good to go. If it does not have roots it won’t grow on.
- For aloe vera babies that won’t give, use a sharp and clean knife to carefully cut it off of the parent plant.
The one parent plant produced all these extra babies
Allowing wounds to heal
Like all succulents, aloe vera’s wounds need to dry and callus over before you pot it up. Lay the parent plant, along with all the pups, in a cool, dry, place out of direct sunlight. Leave them there for between 1-6 days before you re-plant them.
You can re-pot the parent plant and aloe vera babies after 24 hours. If you’re busy and can’t get around to it, you have up to about six days before they begin suffering for being out of the soil. You’ll notice after a day that the cut parts on the roots will have dried up to a slightly rough finish.
Grow all the aloe plants on in their own pots
Repotting Aloe Vera Pups
The baby plants will need their own homes now and a chance to grow a full root system.
- Each baby plant will need its own pot sized about 4″ in diameter. If you need to buy them, consider using these biodegradable pots.
- Plant them in free-draining compost – either a cactus compost or mix 1 part Perlite with 2 parts peat-free compost
- Gently tuck each plant into its new home and firm down the compost around it. Plant it no deeper than it was growing out of the ground at before.
- Wait three days before you water them. After then, water the plants only once the compost dries up.
How long until they’re mature?
Aloe vera plants can live for up to twelve years. That’s a decent amount of time for a plant! That also means that it takes some time before your aloe vera pups reach the stage where you can harvest their leaves for gel.
Keep in mind that aloe vera doesn’t need much in the way of fertilizing. They benefit from being replanted in a new pot with new compost each year. Barring that, a light balanced feed in spring or autumn will be plenty.
It will take three to four years for your aloe vera babies to grow as large as their parent. During that time, they’re a great purifier of air in the house and look great as a house plant. When they’re large enough, you can use the gel you harvest from their leaves to treat burns, insect bites, sun burns, and even to make handmade lotion.
HOW TO CARE FOR AN ALOE VERA PLANT
- Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light. A western or southern window is ideal. Aloe that are kept in low light often grow leggy.
- Aloe vera do best in temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C). The temperatures of most homes and apartment are ideal.
From May to September, you can bring your plant outdoors without any problems, but do bring it back inside in the evening if nights are cold.
- Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. To discourage rot, allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings. Don’t let your plant sit in water.
- Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter. Use your finger to test dryness before watering. If the potting mix stays wet, the plants’ roots can begin to rot.
- Fertilize sparingly (no more than once a month), and only in the spring and summer with a balanced houseplant formula mixed at ½ strength.
- Repot when root bound, following the instructions given in “Planting,” above.
REMOVING & REPLANTING ALOE VERA OFFSETS (PUPS)
Mature aloe vera plants often produce offsets—also known as plantlets, pups, or “babies”—that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant (a clone of the mother plant, technically).
- Find where the offsets are attached to the mother plant and separate them using pruning shears, scissors, or a sharp knife. Leave at least an inch of stem on the offset.
- Allow the offsets to sit out of soil for several days; this lets the offset form a callous over the cut, which helps to protect it from rot. Keep the offsets in a warm location with indirect light during this time.
- Once the offsets have formed callouses, pot them in a standard succulent potting mix. The soil should be well-draining.
- Put the newly-potted pups in a sunny location. Wait at least a week to water and keep the soil on the dry side.
HOW TO GET YOUR ALOE VERA TO FLOWER
Mature aloe vera plants occasionally produce a tall flower spike—called an inflorescence—from which dozens of tubular yellow or red blossoms appear. This certainly adds another level of interest to the already lovely aloe!
Unfortunately, a bloom is rarely achievable with aloes that are kept as houseplants, since the plant requires nearly ideal conditions to produce flowers: lots of light, sufficient water, and the right temperature range. Due to these requirements (mainly lighting), aloe flowers are usually only seen on plants grown outdoors year-round in warm climates.
To give your aloe the best shot at flowering:
- Provide it with as much light as possible, especially during spring and summer. Aloes can be kept outdoors in full sun during the summer, when temperatures are above 70°F (21°C). If nighttime temps threaten to drop below 60°F (16°C), bring the aloe inside.
- Note: Don’t move your aloe from indoors to full sun right away; it needs time to adjust to the intense light or it may sunburn. Allow it to sit in partial shade for about a week before moving it to a brighter location.
- Make sure the plant is getting the right amount of water—enough to keep it from drying out completely, but not enough to drown it! If the plant’s being kept outdoors, make sure that it’s not getting consistently soaked by summer rains.
- Give your aloe a proper dormancy period in the fall and winter. Aloe tend to bloom in late winter or early spring, so giving them a period of rest consisting of less frequent watering and cooler temperatures may encourage them to flower.
- Don’t be surprised if it still doesn’t flower. Despite our best efforts, indoor conditions just aren’t ideal for most aloes, so don’t be surprised if yours simply refuses to bloom!
Aloe vera plants are most susceptible to the usual indoor plant pests, such as mealybugs and scale.
Common diseases include:
- Root rot
- Soft rot
- Fungal stem rot
- Leaf rot
Avoid overwatering to keep these conditions from developing or worsening.
To make use of the aloe vera plant’s soothing properties, remove a mature leaf from the plant and cut it lengthwise. Squeeze the gel out of the leaf and apply it to your burn, or simply lay the opened leaf gel-side–down on top of the affected area. Learn more about aloe vera’s healing properties.
Do not ingest the gel, as it can cause nausea and other unpleasant symptoms.
Especially attractive Aloe include:
- Tiger or Partridge-Breasted Aloe (Aloe variegata) – A compact aloe characterized by short, smooth leaves with uneven white stripes.
- Lace Aloe (Aloe aristata) – A small plant with white-spotted, finely sawtoothed leaves.
- Blue Aloe (Aloe glauca) – A larger aloe species with silver-blue leaves.
WIT & WISDOM
- Aloe vera will decorate a kitchen shelf with quiet grace while doing double duty as a self-regenerating first-aid kit. Read more about the natural health benefits of aloe vera.
- One of aloe’s most famous uses is to soothe sunburnt skin, and it can be also used for cold sores.
Aloe Transplanting Guide: Learn How To Repot An Aloe Plant
Aloes are great plants to have around. They’re beautiful, tough as nails, and very handy for burns and cuts; but if you’ve had an aloe plant for a few years now, chances are it’s getting too big for its pot and needs to be transplanted. Or maybe you live in a warm enough climate that you can grow your aloe outdoors and you’d like to divide it or just move it to a new spot. Either way, this aloe transplanting guide will help. Keep reading to learn more about how and when to transplant an aloe plant.
When to Transplant Aloe Plants
One of the many things that make aloes such good houseplants is that they tend to like a little overcrowding. If your plant is getting big for its container, moving it isn’t urgent. It will get rootbound eventually, however, so potting it up is a good idea.
Repotting an aloe is also important if it’s starting to develop pups. These are smaller offshoots of the mother plant that are still attached to the main root system but can live on their own as full plants. If your main aloe plant is starting to look leggy and droopy and is surrounded by smaller pups, it’s definitely time to transplant.
Tips for Repotting an Aloe
To repot an aloe, first carefully remove it from its current pot. If any pups are present, you should be able to pull them apart from the main root mass. If the plant is rootbound, however, you might have to hack the roots apart with a knife. Don’t worry, aloe plants are very tough and the roots can handle being cut apart. As long as each pup has some roots still attached, they should be fine.
Once your aloe is divided, leave the plants out for at least one night in a warm, dry place. This will help heal any wounds to the roots. Then plant them in new pots – small plants can be doubled up in containers that are at least 4 inches (10 cm.) across.
Outdoor Aloe Transplanting
If your aloe plant is growing in the garden and you want to move or divide it, simply use a shovel to dig straight down in a circle around the roots. Use the shovel to lift the plant up out of the ground.
If your aloe is very large and you want to divide pups, you might need to use the shovel to pry the roots apart. Move your plant or plants to new holes in the ground or, if you like, into containers.
Propagating An Aloe Vera Plant And Repotting
The Aloe Vera is a popular succulent type house plant, well known for its healing properties. Lets take a look at how to propagate an Aloe Vera by taking leaf cuttings and offsets from the parent plant.
I will also cover advice about repotting a plant here..This plant needs it!
Offsets are also known as pups because they are kind of babies of the parent plant. They usually grow from the side of the stem once an Aloe Vera matures.
The plant below was given to me. As you can see it has been neglected, lacking soil, outgrown the pot, has offsets, and for some reason has a mother of thousands plant growing next to it (must have been close to a mother of thousands plant and plantlets dropped in the pot).
Remove The Plant From The Pot
When removing the plant from the pot you can tilt the plant to the side holding the main stem (holding as much of the plant as possible) or tip it upside down if it is not too big.
If the plant does not come out you can squeeze the side of the pot, tap the sides, or tap the rim of the pot upside down on the edge of a table or low wall.
Once out the pot remove old soil from the roots and check all roots are healthy. If some are brown, remove them and you can also cut away unhealthy leaves with a sharp knife.
You can see in the picture below an offset and leaves removed. I cut the leaves close to the stem to make the plant look more attractive, otherwise half a leaf sticks out with no tip and does not look that great.
Sometimes you have to cut away an offset and other times you can just pull them away from the parent plant. If your repotting then they’re easy to pull away but if the parent plant is remaining in its current pot then you will need to make a cut with a sharp knife.
When you make a separate keep the offsets roots intact.
Unhealthy Leaf Removal
You can see by the picture I now have five plants. The parent plant and four pups…great! They all look fairly healthy too, although the smallest is very small and lacks roots (see how it goes – might not make it)…
It is said to be ideal to remove an offset when its about a quarter of the size of a parent plant, but in this instance it seems better to just remove all of them, repot, trim and try and get as many of them rooted and growing as possible. I don’t mind if I lose one or two and want the parent plant to be doing well.
Find a suitable size pot (make sure it has drainage holes), fill it with potting mix loosely and then make a deep and wide enough hole with your finger for the plants lower stem and roots to be planted.
Once the plant and roots are placed in the hole, fill the pot with soil and press the soil down slightly with your fingers to enable the plant to be solid enough so it will not topple over once it grows. I fill a pot with soil up to about a centimetre from the top of the pot.
If you can, buy a bag of cactus potting mix for planting and repotting an Aloe vera indoors, its the best soil to use (ignore what I am using – I am in Thailand and these will grow outdoors). They are succulents and require well draining and well aerated soil.
I repotted the three smaller ones in a small pot and will move them when they mature enough. You might want to use one of these size pots below for each plant but I ran out of pots and know they will be fine.
Now all that is left to do is water the plants. Give them a thorough watering until water starts to leak out the bottom drainage holes. After watering, you are complete, then follow the normal procedure of watering Aloes…(see here) , and caring for them.
After Offset Propagation
Take a cutting with a good sharp knife. I try and take a cutting down to the stem so there is not half a leaf left with no tip left, looking unattractive.
Sometimes you may need to leave some of the leaf to balance out the plant so it will not topple over (mainly big plants). That is what I did with the parent plant of this Aloe..
The cutting has to be left for a week to dry out which prevents the wound from becoming infected.
Dip Cutting In Rooting Hormone
Use rooting hormone at the cut after one week. In the picture below I use honey that works as an antiseptic to prevent infections.
Using a small pot make a hole big enough to place the cutting inside (you can use a finger or pencil). When planted make sure the soil is a good enough fit around the cutting to support it.
Aloes being succulents are sensitive to overwatering so I added water to the soil before planting (the soil was moist).
I will not water the plant now until the soil becomes dry. You will soon see if the cutting is taking root or not because the cutting will turn brown and deteriorate – if it does not deteriorate and die off you will see growth . There is no guaranteed success with cuttings…..offsets are more successful, but they’re worth a try.
Stay in touch as the follow up of the success/failure or both for the plants propagated here will be posted (wish me luck).
Aloe vera is a plant I love which I’ve always grown it in pots, both in the house and in the garden. It’s a plant that does great in containers whether in a grow pot or directly planted in. I’ve repotted it many times. Here I want to share what I’ve learned about planting Aloe vera in containers along with the mix I use plus recommendations for you.
I think the most important thing to know about planting Aloe Vera has to do with its make up. This plant is a succulent which stores water in its large fleshy leaves (we want all the gel we can get after all!) and thick, fibrous roots. It can rot out very easily and quickly when over watered and/or when the soil mix is too heavy and doesn’t readily drain.
We’re familiar with those thick, fleshy leaves but did you know the roots are the same?
Note: What I’m saying below applies to plant Aloe vera in pots whether growing outdoors or as houseplants, except where noted.
Best Time to Plant, Transplant or Repot Aloe Vera
The best time to plant or transplant aloe is spring & summer. I planted this pot the last week in October but I live in a warmer climate. Daytime temps are still in the 80’s here in Tucson and won’t dip low in the nighttime until mid-December.
Give your Aloe vera at least a month or so to settle in before the days cool. Late fall/winter isn’t ideal because your plant will be resting during these times.
Here’s the mother plant & a pot of her pups before planting into the container. I had another pot of pups but gave it away. How much aloe does a girl need when each plant produces so many babies?!
Soil Mix Options When Planting Aloe Vera in Containers
I used a locally produced organic succulent & cactus mix available only in the Tucson area. It’s very chunky, drains well & is comprised of pumice, coconut coir chips & compost. I also added in a few generous handfuls of compost when planting & topped the pot with 1/8″ of worm compost. It would have been heavier but it’s late in the year. I’ll top with more worm compost & compost in early spring.
I recommend that you use a straight succulent & cactus mix or 1/2 succulent & cactus & 1/2 potting soil.
For an Aloe vera houseplant, you can also use straight potting soil but perlite or pumice must be added in to aerate & amend the drainage. If you use potting soil, back off on the watering frequency because it’s a heavier mix.
Succulent & cactus mix really vary depending on the brand.
If you think your mix needs the drainage & lightness factors elevated, then, by all means, add pumice or perlite.
You don’t need to add compost or worm compost to your mix but it’s how I feed all my container plants, both inside & out. You can read about it here.
Where to Purchase Succulent Mix or Additive Options
Bonsai Jack (this 1 is very gritty; great for those prone to overwatering!), Hoffman’s (this is more cost effective if you have larger containers but you might have to add pumice or perlite) or Superfly Bonsai (another fast draining 1 like Bonsai Jack great for indoor succulents).
Pumice or Perlite
Worm Gold worm compost
The mixes & amendments used for this Aloe vera planting project. L to R: succulent & cactus mix from previous plantings (I used this to fill up that large pot halfway), that same locally produced succulent & cactus mix but new, locally produced compost & worm castings.
How to Split Aloe Vera
I was able to use the trowel to split the small rootball of the pups. You can see me doing this in the video below. I could have used a very sharp knife instead but the trowel worked just fine this time. For a larger aloe plant with a tight, tough root ball I’ve used my pruning saw.
You might lose a leaf or 2 in the process & it might not divide as evenly as you’d like but don’t worry. Aloe vera has thick roots & is 1 tough cookie!
The pot of Aloe vera pups split in half.
How to Plant Your Aloe Vera
For this, it’s best to watch the video below. Smaller Aloe vera plants will be much easier to plant/repot/transplant:
Aloe Vera Plant Care Tips
Be warned: When an Aloe vera leaf is broken (which can happen during the planting), a rather pungent odor is released. There’s nothing wrong with your plant, it’s just the nature of this useful, succulent beast.
Larger Aloe vera plants can be quite heavy. I had to stake mine up for a couple of weeks to keep it from toppling over & you might have to also.
On the topic of how heavy this plant is, I usually plant it up about an 1″ above the soil line. The weight will eventually sink it down a bit in the light mix.
Go up at least a pot size or 2 – from 4″ to 6″ or 8″ to 12″. Aloe vera produces a lot of pups when it’s happy & healthy & needs room to spread.
I’ve found that Aloe vera isn’t fussy a to pot size or pot material. As you see, I planted these 3 Aloe vera plants in a large pot. They’ll have plenty of room to spread.
As to material, mine are in a plastic resin pot but ceramic & terra cotta work fine too. 2 advantages to terra cotta are that the plant looks great in it & the porosity helps the roots to breathe a bit more & also get rid of minerals in the soil or water.
This plant doesn’t root very deep; the roots spread.
As Aloe vera pups are produced they grow & spread – they’ll need the width to expand. By the way, if your Aloe vera is growing indoors, it probably won’t produce babies as readily or abundantly as mine.
For me, Aloe vera has always taken root fast. I planted these plants a week ago & they’re already feeling much firmly rooted in when I pull on a leaf. I’ll remove the stakeout in a week or two.
This has nothing to do with planting but I want to share it here because I’ve gotten some questions. You might notice that the mother plant has solid green leaves whereas the pups’ are spotted. That’s an age thing – the pups will eventually most or all of their spots as time goes on.
This is how healthy Aloe vera plants should look – plump & green. You can see those spotted leaves on the younger plants here.
What To Do Right After Planting Aloe Vera in Containers
Mine is in the bright shade outdoors so it’s set to root in fine. You’ll want to put yours in a similar situation so the roots can anchor in without the stress of any hot sun. If your transplanted Aloe vera is a houseplant, put it in a spot with bright, natural light but no direct no sun.
I’ll water my plant after a week or so. The temps are cooler here in the Arizona desert these days but if it was summer, I’d water it after 4 days. For a houseplant growing in average temps, I’d wait a week or so.
Then, water you Aloe vera thoroughly & let it dry out before watering again.
This is an Aloe vera growing in the ground in my neighborhood. You can get an idea of how it clumps & spreads. Also, the leaves on this 1 aren’t as healthy & plump as mine. When aloe gets too much sun &/or is too dry, the leaves turn orange to bronze. Also, unusually cold nights will cause this too.
This 1 thing is true!
If you have an Aloe vera plant, then you’ll have more. They do great in containers! If you follow the tips above, you’ll have great success when it comes to planting or transplanting them. Why grow some Aloe vera and spread the love!
You can find this plant, more houseplants and lots of info in our simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive.
Growing up in a beach town, I saw my fair share of sunburns. (We were a bit more lax about sunscreen in those days). Luckily my stepmother always had an aloe vera on hand to soothe my sun-kissed shoulders. Ever since then, I’ve thought of aloe as a handy succulent that no home should be without. Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to propagate.
There are more than 250 species of aloe in the world, but it is aloe vera (also known as Aloe barbadensis) or “true aloe” that is most commonly associated with health benefits. Though the debate still rages around the more extreme claims of aloe’s miraculous powers, most people agree that it does help with minor skin injuries.
See below for step-by-step instructions for propagating aloe from a mature plant:
Photography by Justine Hand.
Above: Ever the stalwart soldier in the battle against minor scrapes and burns, my aloe vera bears the scars of life with little kids, but it still has lots of life to give.
The tradition of using aloe vera for medicinal purposes goes way back. Thousands of years before my resourceful stepmother, the ancient Egyptians placed it in the pharaohs’ tombs to aid them in the afterlife. Even if you don’t believe that aloe is the “Plant of Immortality” as the ancients did, you might agree that it makes an auspicious present. At the very least it adds character to a home and helps clear the air.
Step 1: Identify the offsets. Since aloes spread by producing easily transplanted offsets, they are quite easy to propagate. Here you can see two offsets in light green; the larger one to the left is ready for its own pot. The tiny one just beginning to emerge on the right will have to wait a bit.
Step 2: To successfully transplant an offset, one must wait until it is big enough to have its own roots. I hold off until it has four or more leaves several inches long.
Step 3: To separate the offset from the mother plant, take them both out of the pot and gently pry the offset and its roots away from the larger aloe.
Above: My son, Oliver, prepares a new home for the aloe offset.
Step 4: Repot your offset. A semi-tropical succulent, aloe prefers soil with good drainage. We placed a bit of gravel on the bottom of our pot, to aid drainage and prevent the aloe roots from sitting in water. On this we layered good potting soil with extra perlite. (You also can use sand.)
Above: Oliver gently packs soil around his transplanted offset.
Step 5: After potting your aloe, give it a good soak. In the winter, your plant will become somewhat dormant and require less water. In the summer, water thoroughly, but always allow your aloe to dry out completely between waterings. Cacti fertilizers can also be used once a year in summer.
Above: With shallow roots that tend to spread, aloe prefers a wider pot with a drainage hole.
Above: A gift fit for a king, or anyone really, our baby aloes await a new home.
Above: To extract the gel of an aloe vera, simply split the outer skin of a mature leaf with a knife and rub directly onto skin.
Finally, get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for aloe with our Aloe: A Field Guide.
Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various houseplants with our Houseplants: A Field Guide.
Interested in other succulents or cacti? Get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various succulents and cacti with our Succulents & Cacti: A Field Guide.
N.B. Erin discovered that aloe not only is great on scrapes and burns, it also helps to take the sting out of bug bites.
How to Transplant Aloe Vera & Separate Pups
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Aloe Vera is a fantastic houseplant. It looks cool, is easy to care for, and it creates a gel that is super useful for skincare. If you’ve owned an aloe plant for a while, you’re probably wondering about what the procedure is to repot your plant or even propagate it. This article covers everything you need to know to transplant your aloe vera plant and cut off the pups to grow new plants.
How Do Aloe Plants Reproduce?
Aloe is a cool plant that reproduces two ways. Aloe is a flowering plant, so it reproduces sexually. Once one of the flowers is pollinated, it produces seeds. Those seeds can then be planted to grow a new plant. Aloe also reproduces asexually by producing offsets or pups. These are small plants that grow from the base of the parent plant. Over time, more and more pups will grow. As a plant owner, you can separate these offsets to grow new aloe plants.
It’s rare for aloe kept as houseplants to flower. If you have an aloe plant, it’s likely you’ll be able to propagate it by separating the pups from the parent plant.
How to Divide Aloe Vera Pups
Once you’ve had your aloe plant for a few years, you will notice baby aloes growing at the base. The offsets will need to be at least four inches tall before you consider dividing them from the parent plant.
This process is going to be a little messy, so you may want to do it outdoors or use a potting bench or tray to help control the soil. Slide the plant from the pot (you may need to use a trowel or hori hori knife to loosen the plant). Make sure to primarily handle the aloe by the root ball to avoid damaging the plant. Gently work the root ball with your hands to remove as much of the soil as possible.
Some of the aloe pups may fall away during this process. Once you remove excess soil and any loose pups, examine the roots of your aloe plant. Isolate a baby and try to gently remove it from the parent. If it’s firmly attached, use a sharp clean knife (a non-serrated kitchen knife works great) and cut the pup off the parent. See the photos below that show where to cut.
Examine your aloe pups. As long as they have some roots attached, they will grow once replanted. Any offset without roots can be composted or used for its aloe gel.
Allow the parents and pups to “rest.” They need at least 24 hours (or up to six days) to allow their wounds to heal. The wounds will dry and callous over. Lay them out flat in a cool, dry, place away from direct sunlight.
How to Transplant Aloe Vera
Whether you’re transplanting your aloe whole into a larger pot or planting your new pups, it’s the same process. Aloe plants benefit from being repotted with fresh soil or compost every year or two.
Select a pot or container with good drainage. For pups, plant them in a 4″ diameter pot.
For a growing medium, either buy a good cactus mix or you can take your own compost or a regular potting soil and mix it 2 parts soil and 1 part perlite to create a well-draining mix.
Add 1-2″ of soil to the pot and then gently place your aloe plant inside. If needed, add more soil to the bottom of the pot so the base of the plant aligns with the lip of the pot. Fill the pot with more soil up to the point on the plant that was under the soil originally.
Place your aloe plants in a sunny spot (they like a lot of sun!). Wait for three days before you water them and then only water again when the soil is dry.