How Do I Divide Aloe Vera?


With a simple cut of its pale green leaves, aloe vera oozes thick, cool gel that provides soothing relief for minor cuts and burns making it a favorite for the kitchen. This plump-leaved succulent thrives on a sunny windowsill and requires little care other than occasional watering when the soil dries, and a dose of high phosphorus fertilizer (10-40-10) in the spring. Aloe reproduces by young offsets (tiny plants identical to the parent plant) that form at the base of the plant. When removed, offsets develop into full-sized plants.

Step 1

Check offsets, called pups, for roots when they are 2 inches high. Roots form on whites nubs near the base of the offset.

Step 2

Remove the offsets from the base of the plant by cutting it free of the main plant with a sharp knife. Each pup should have two or three roots.

Step 3

Fill 2 to 4 inch pots with potting soil for succulents.

Step 4

Plant one offset per pot so the young roots are in the soil and the base of the leaves rest at the soil level. Firmly pack the soil around the roots to secure the plant.

Step 5

Water the soil using care not to overwater. Aloe suffers in soggy soil. Water only when the soil dries.

Step 6

Grow in bright indirect light.

Things You'll Need

  • Succulent potting soil
  • Plant pots
  • Knife


  • University of Hawaii Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences: Aloe
  • University of Illinois Extension: Vegetative Propagation of Houseplants

Who Can Help

  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Aloe Vera
Keywords: propagate aloe vera, start aloe vera, plant aloe offsets

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.