How to Transplant Aloe Vera Plants

Overview

The dark green, fleshy leaves of aloe vera make an attractive houseplant that requires little care. Many people keep aloe vera in the house to treat burns and abrasions. The cool, slightly sticky sap in the aloe vera leaves has been shown to help heal minor burns and cuts, according to the National Institutes for Health. Mature aloe vera plants produce small offshoots known as pups or suckers. Transplanting these is easy.

Step 1

Allow the soil of the aloe vera to dry out. Fill your transplant pot almost all the way full of potting mix and allow this to dry out.

Step 2

Loosen the soil at the base of the aloe vera plant with your fingers. Dig down and locate the base of the aloe vera sucker you want to transplant. Gently lift the plant from the soil. Smooth the soil back around the original parent plant.

Step 3

Poke a hole in the dry soil of the transplant pot. The hole should be deep enough to accommodate the roots of the aloe vera pup. Insert the transplant into the hole and gently pack the soil around the pup.

Step 4

Wait one week before watering the transplant. Water lightly, allowing excess water to drain away.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep aloe vera out of the reach of pets and children. Raw aloe vera can have a laxative effect on some who eat it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pots
  • Potting soil

References

  • National Institutes of Health: Aloe Vera
  • University of California, Davis: The Genus Aloe

Who Can Help

  • Arizona State University: Growing Aloe Vera
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