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How to Split Aloe Plants

By Nannette Richford ; Updated September 21, 2017
Aloe vera reproduces by offsets called pups.
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Many people grow aloe plants on the kitchen windowsill for its medicinal use. For minor cuts, burns or scrapes, the gel from aloe leaves brings soothing relief. When grown on a sunny windowsill, aloe plants grow relatively quickly and produce young offsets, called pups, around the base of the plant. Although these new plants will grow happily in the same pot, the pot will eventually become overcrowded and require dividing or splitting into several plants.

Examine the young offsets that grow at the base of your aloe plant. These are connected to the mother plant by a stem called a stolon. Look for several tiny white roots at the base of the offsets.

Clip the young offsets free of the mother plant with a sharp knife or pair of scissors. Large offsets that have become established in the same pot as the mother plant can be pulled gently to remove.

Place the offsets in a plant pot filled with potting soil for succulents. Position the plant so the roots rest in the soil. Firm the soil around the plant with your hands, using care not to bury the base of the plant in the soil. Aloe plants should rest with the base of the leaves touching the soil.

Water to moisten the soil and place on a sunny windowsill. Aloe survives in low light, but growth increases when placed in sunlight. Allow soil to dry before watering again.


Things You Will Need

  • Sharp knife/scissors
  • Potting soil for succulents
  • Plant pots


  • Divide large aloe plants growing in the same pot by gently removing the plants from the pot and pulling the sections apart. Repot in individual plant pots.
  • Plant several small offsets in one pot to create a full plant, if preferred.

About the Author


Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.