How to Plant Pieces of Aloe Vera Plants


When an aloe plant is an adult, pieces of the mother plant, or shoots, will grow in the same pot. These shoots can suck the water from the mother plant, causing the plant to die. It is important to replant the new shoots before the entire plant suffers. Luckily, repotting the new shoots is very easy.

Step 1

Dig into the dirt of the mother plant with a spade. Pull up on the new shoots when they are 3 to 4 inches high, and cut them just below the dirt's surface.

Step 2

Cut back the "skin" on the new shoot until just the solid root is visible.

Step 3

Pour potting and cacti mix into a new pot. Fill it about half way.

Step 4

Pour in with the potting mixes a 1/2 cup each of sand, granite grit and pumice. Mix these together using the spade to combine the mixes.

Step 5

Place the new shoot into the soil and cover it with a few spades full of potting mix.

Step 6

Water the shoots fully once repotted, but do not water again for 3 weeks. Place the pot in direct sunlight and enjoy watching your aloe vera plant grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Small terracotta pot with drain hole
  • Potting mix
  • Cacti mix
  • 1/2 cup sand
  • 1/2 granite grit
  • 1/2 pumice


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Keywords: repotting, aloe vera, plant new shoots, motherplant

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