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How to Divide and Pot Aloe Plants

Rachel is a passionate plantsperson, YouTuber and author living in Ireland. She grows a wide range of hardy subtropical and tropical plants.

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A Guide to Growing Aloe Plants

Aloes are succulent plants that do really well in a pot in a sunny position in the house or greenhouse. You may be familiar with Aloe vera, but there are lots of different types of aloe, and dividing and repotting is the same for all of them. This job can be done at any time of year if the plant is kept warm. But, spring and summer ensure the best results.

Aloe plants grow multiple babies, or pups, that are dotted around the sides of the parent plant. If you remove the pups, then you end up with numerous new plants.

Now, dividing a plant is often the easiest way to propagate it, and it's a very easy job to do. So, even if you've never done anything like this before, you're almost guaranteed success with aloe.

Steps to Divide and Pot Aloe

  1. Make sure your aloe is well watered before you start this job. It should make dividing easier.
  2. Remove the plant from the pot, squeezing the pot's sides gently to loosen it up.
  3. Once the plant is removed, you can clearly see the baby plants. Try gently tugging to see if they come away easily. The ideal is to get a minimum of two to three roots per plant. If the pups don't separate easily from the parent, use clean, sharp secateurs to cut between parent plant and pup.
  4. Let your plants sit for 24 hours to allow any cuts to callus over a little. If you try to repot straight away, your aloes may rot.
  5. Make a potting mix. A store-bought cactus mix works perfectly well with aloes, but if you don't have that, then you can mix your own using about 70% ordinary potting mix and 30% horticultural sand or perlite. Aloes, like all succulents, need a well-drained mix.
  6. Scoop the mix into the pot, arrange the plant, and backfill with your potting mix.
  7. Firm your plants down and top dress with horticultural grit. The grit will help eliminate splashback on the stems and keep it nice and dry.
  8. Wait for about a week before watering your newly potted plants, and watch them go on to thrive.

Tips

  • If your plant is in spike or flower, you may lose the flowers as a result of repotting.
  • Select clay pots, if at all possible, as they facilitate good drainage.
  • Don't be tempted to overpot your plant. If your plant is in too big a pot, it will rot.

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Comments

Rachel Darlington (author) from Ireland on May 21, 2021:

How lovely to live in a climate where you can grow aloes outdoors! I hope your new Aloe vera goes on to thrive and brighten your garden for many years to come.

Rachel Darlington (author) from Ireland on May 21, 2021:

Aloe vera plants are a great ingredient in anyone's 'medicine cabinet'. The plants aren't damaged by the removal of the occasional leaf and they are so easy to care for. Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment and happy growing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2021:

I always like to keep an aloe vera plant in our garden. Because of an unusually frigid couple of days last winter, we lost our outdoor plant. I have replanted one now and like to keep it on hand for cuts and minor burns.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 13, 2021:

I used to keep Aloe plants. They come in so handy.

They work great on burns.

Your article is good. Especially that top about letting them sit before replanting so they can heal first.

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