How to Propagate an Aloe Vera Plant


The aloe vera plant is a houseplant prized for its therapeutic and medicinal properties. The gel of its leaves is used to soothe burns and treat minor skin wounds. It reproduces by growing pups that appear near the plant's base. These pups can be propagated by separating them from the mother plant and establishing them out on their own.

Step 1

Open a newspaper and spread it out on a flat surface. Keep cleanup simple by placing a newspaper over the work area before you begin. Set the items you will need on top of the newspaper along with the potted aloe mother plant and its pups.

Step 2

Remove the mother aloe plant from its pot. Shake excess soil from the roots onto the newspaper to help identify where the division between the mother plant and pups begin.

Step 3

Detach the aloe vera pups from the mother plant. Use a knife and gently pry between the pups and mother to separate.

Step 4

Repot the aloe mother plant. If the mother plant has increased in size, use a pot that is three to five times larger than the size of its root ball.

Step 5

Transfer the aloe pups to new pots. Fill the pots with potting soil and plant one pup in each pot. Use enough soil to cover the roots to the top of each root ball. Press the soil down around each pup until the soil is firmly packed.

Step 6

Place the aloe mother and pups in an area where they will receive indirect sunlight. Do not water the plants for a few days to allow roots to seal and repair themselves.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Garden gloves
  • Gardening pots
  • Cactus mix potting soil
  • Knife


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About this Author

Kate Hornsby has been a professional pet sitter for a number of years and a small business owner for over twenty. She is the current Atlanta Pets Examiner and has written several articles on pet care and operating a small business. Hornsby attended the Academy of Art online, studying Interior Architecture and Design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.