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How to Plant Aloe Vera From a Cutting

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Overview

Aloe vera is easy to take care of, either indoors or in an outdoor flower bed. It tolerates dry conditions well, and grows best in dry shade to partial sun. The bright green leaves feature white spots or stripes. The leaves contain a gel that can help soothe minor burns and other skin irritations, making it a helpful addition to a kitchen garden.

Step 1

Remove an offset growing around the base of the plant when the offset reaches a height of about two inches. To prevent damage to the plant, use a sharp knife to remove the cutting.

Step 2

Dip the cut end of the offset in a rooting hormone to speed root development.

Step 3

Place the cutting in a cool, dry place and leave it for at least a week. This allows the cut end to dry and form a scab, preventing it from rotting and reducing the risk that diseases will enter the plant through the wound.

Step 4

Fill a well-drained container with a soil mix formulated for cacti. You can also mix sand or vermiculite into a regular houseplant potting mix to improve the drainage.

Step 5

Push the scabbed-over cut end of your aloe vera cutting into the potting mix, burying at least a third of it.

Step 6

Water your new aloe vera plant, allowing the soil to become moist, but not soggy. After this initial watering, allow the soil to dry out before adding more water.

Things You'll Need

  • Rooting hormone
  • Well-drained container
  • Cactus potting mix
  • Houseplant potting mix
  • Sand
  • Vermiculite

References

  • The Garden Pages: How to Grow and Care for Healing Aloe Vera Plants
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Aloe Vera

Who Can Help

  • The Flower Shop Network: House Plant Propagation
Keywords: aloe vera, aloe vera cutting, aloe vera plant

About this Author

Angie Mansfield is a freelance writer living and working in Minnesota. She began freelancing in 2008. Mansfield's work has appeared in online sites and publications such as theWAHMmagazine, for parents who work at home, and eHow. She is an active member of Absolute Write and Writer's Village University.