How to Cultivate Aloe


Aloe plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow and care for. Other than overwatering, they are almost impossible to kill, which makes them a good choice for starter plants. Aloe has a long history of medicinal uses, with the most familiar being the use of the gel within the leaves for burns. Although the plant can be grown indoors year round, it, like other succulents, enjoys time outside during the summer months. Aloe reproduces itself by offsets that you can cut away from the main root during the yearly repotting of the plant.

Step 1

Choose either the early spring or late fall to cultivate your existing aloe plant. Succulent plants do the majority of their growing during the summer months.

Step 2

Remove the existing plant from its original container. Gently shake off any soil remaining around the root ball.

Step 3

Locate any offsets, or pups, around the main root ball.

Step 4

Place the offsets and the original plant on newspapers in a well-ventilated area to "heal over." The healing over is complete when the cut areas no longer are moist. This can take two to three days.

Step 5

Fill the chosen potting containers half-full of cactus specific potting soil. If this is not available in your area, create a mix of two parts sand, one part potting soil and one part peat moss.

Step 6

Place the plant into the center of the potting container. Fill the pot with additional potting soil until the crown of the root ball is even with the soil level in the pot.

Step 7

Water the aloe plants when the soil is completely dry in the pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Aloe plant
  • Sharp knife
  • Newspapers
  • Cactus potting soil
  • Potting containers


  • University of California, Davis: The Genus Aloe (PDF)
  • University of Texas: Aloe Vera
  • University of Arizona: Growing Aloe Vera
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