How to Root an Aloe Plant

Overview

Aloe vera is a member of the lily family, though it does not flower in the same way the more familiar lily species do. Aloe is often grown in small pots in sunny windows, where it adds greenery to the home. Aloe is also grown as a natural burn reliever, as the sap produced from the leaves soothes burns and other small cuts. Rooting your own aloe plant takes only minimal effort to produce a healthy plant.

Step 1

Fill a 4- to 8-inch diameter pot with a well-draining potting mix. Use only pots that have a single drainage hole in the center, as these provide the proper drainage that the aloe requires. Use a cacti mix that has added perlite or vermiculite to ensure proper drainage.

Step 2

Set the aloe cutting or pup 1 to 2 inches into the potting mix. Lightly firm the mix around the base of the leaf or plant to hold it in place. Add more mix if necessary so that the top of the soil sits 1 inch below the rim of the pot.

Step 3

Water the aloe immediately after planting. Provide water just until it begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. Set the aloe vera plant in a sunny windowsill.

Step 4

Water the aloe when the top of the soil begins to feel dry. Avoid overwatering, as aloe cannot tolerate soggy soil.

Step 5

Fertilize the aloe once each spring. Apply a half-strength solution of 10-40-10 analysis fertilizer, and water thoroughly after fertilizing.

Tips and Warnings

  • Aloe does not tolerate cold weather. Keep it indoors year-round, or bring potted aloe inside for winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting mix
  • Aloe leaf cutting or pup
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Union County College: Aloe Vera
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Aloe Vera
Keywords: rooting aloe, growing aloe vera, healing plants

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.