How to Save an Aloe Plant


Aloe vera is an ideal addition to any landscape, particularly for hot arid climates. It establishes easily and quickly, spreads rapidly, has medicinal value, and has beautiful stems of coral flowers that bloom. It can survive through drought and thrives in pots or in the ground. But when it comes to conditions where it can die (most commonly because its roots grow too large for its pot), there are some steps that can be taken to save an aloe plant. This is done primarily by replanting the shoots that pop up. Removing these from the main aloe plant will allow it to thrive again, and you can either discard the shoots or replant them for more new aloe growth.

Step 1

Dig a trench with the trowel around the struggling aloe plant. Use the pruning shears to cut back any withering or dead leaves. Grasp the base of the new aloe shoot below the leaves and gently pull it out of the pot. Pile up the soil around the plant once the shoots are removed.

Step 2

Decide if you want to discard the shoots or replant one or all. Cut the new shoot you pulled out of the soil about 2 inches below the green part of the stem to expose the root.

Step 3

Mix equal parts of the potting mix and the cacti mix together. Fill the new pot about halfway full with this mixture to plant the new shoot in if you choose to. Add one cup of the sand and one cup of the granite grit to the mixture in the pot and sift to combine.

Step 4

Place the aloe plant shoot in the new pot and fill up with equal parts of the potting soil and cacti mix to the top of the pot. Lightly cover the soil with two cups of water. The dormant roots will start to grow and within a month your aloe shoot will have broken through the soil's top to start a new plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Wide planter pot (with drain hole in the bottom)
  • Potting mix
  • Cacti mix
  • 1 cup sand
  • 1 cup granite grit


  • All Things Green: Repotting Aloe Vera
  • Caring For Aloe Vera
  • The Garden Pages: Healing Aloe Vera
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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.