Aloe vera plants provide interesting and useful specimens as houseplants in cool climates and outdoor plants in warm landscapes. Many individuals grow aloe vera for use in home remedies, including burn ointments and lotions. This succulent displays many of the same qualities found in various types of cactus. Mature aloe vera plants produce numerous, small sprouts. These sprouts provide an inexpensive way to produce and grow new aloe vera plants.
Encourage sprouting by providing the parent plant with the necessary elements required for healthy growth. Place the plant in a warm location that receives full sunlight. Water infrequently, allowing the surface of the soil to become dry between watering sessions. Avoid placing your aloe plant in drafty areas or areas with fluctuating temperatures.
Check your mature aloe vera plant for signs of new growth near the base of the plant. These small shoots form around the parent plant once it matures. The new sprouts of an aloe vera plant resemble individual leaf sections growing from the outside perimeter of the parent plant. Divide these new sprouts when they are less than a couple of inches in length. Dig down at the base of the new shoot with a knife, breaking off the sprout from the parent plant. Include the attached roots by carefully scooping them out of the soil. Avoid disturbing the parent plant.
Fill a pot with planting medium, such as sand mixed with perlite. Fill to a level slightly below the rim of the pot. Scoop out a small amount of medium with a spoon. Place your aloe sprout in the indentation and back fill to cover the roots and bottom of the small sprout. Gently tamp down the soil over sprouting roots. Water lightly and place in a sunny window until the small sprout begins to show signs of new growth. Once established transplant your aloe vera sprout outside or place in its permanent indoor location.
Things You Will Need
- Make useful gifts out of these small sprouts by potting in colorful containers and including printed instructions on using aloe vera as a home remedy for burns and scrapes.
- Avoid over-watering aloe vera plants. Make sure the soil becomes completely dry on the surface before adding water to your plant.