How to Regrow Broken Aloe

Overview

Aloe plants are beautiful and resilient. They thrive in drought-like conditions and are easy to care for, and the aloe vera gel inside the leaves can be used as first aid. The aloe leaves are strong and thick, and at times they can outgrow their pot, causing the plant to topple and possibly breaking some leaves. Luckily, regrowing these plants is easy.

Step 1

Dry out the broken aloe leaf for three days; it will be ready when a thin skin-like layer forms over the broken area so no sap can leak out.

Step 2

Pour the potting soil and cacti soil into the terra cotta pot. Fill it just less than halfway up inside the pot.

Step 3

Add the sand, granite and Perlite to the potting and cacti soil. Using the trowel, mix the soils together completely.

Step 4

Stick the broken aloe into the soil, broken end down. If there are multiple aloe breaks, use a pot for each aloe. Stick the aloe leaf 1 to 2 inches into the soil to ensure the roots will grab the soil and spread outward.

Step 5

Water the plant until the soil is moist but not wet. If the soil is too wet, the aloe will rot and not take root. In the process of taking root, it is normal for the aloe to turn yellow and shrink down slightly.

Step 6

Place the plant in direct sunlight and water only once a month. It will take two to three months for the aloe to take root completely and begin to grow. Within a few months, the aloe will begin to grow up and outward, and shoots will begin to form in the soil. To repot the new shoots or any more broken aloe, repeat steps 1-6.

Things You'll Need

  • Terra cotta pot
  • Potting soil
  • Cacti soil
  • 1/4 cup coarse sand
  • 1/4 cup granite grit
  • 1/4 cup Perlite
  • Trowel

References

  • Aloe Vera Studies
  • Aloe Up Florida
  • Aloe and You

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Andrea Griffith's creativity in writing began at a young age, being published for her short stories in elementary school. She graduated from Western Michigan University majoring in journalism/English. Griffith began writing for Demand Studios in the fall of 2009.

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