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Propagation of Aloe Vera - Rooting Aloe Vera Cuttings or Separating Aloe Pups

Aloe vera is a popular houseplant with medicinal properties. The juice made from leaves has wonderful topical benefits, especially on burns. Their fabulous smooth, shiny, plump foliage and ease of care make these houseplants ideal additions to the household. Often times, people want to share their aloe plants with friends and wonder how to grow an aloe plant. Let's take a look at an aloe vera plant from a leaf that aloe pups cut and separate.

About aloe plant reproduction

Many people ask, "Can I grow an aloe plant from a cut of a leaf?" You can, but the most successful method of aloe plant propagation is from the offsets or "pups" with resulting plants almost immediately.

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant and as such is related to the cactus. Cacti are relatively easy to propagate from cuttings, but aloe vera cuttings, with their high moisture content, rarely become viable plants. Rooting an aloe vera leaf seems like it should work, but all you get is a rotten or shriveled leaf.

Aloe vera cuttings are therefore not the most reliable method of plant propagation. A better way to divide this gorgeous plant is by removing offsets.

How do I start an aloe vera plant?

Separating aloe pups, also known as aloe offsets or aloe cuttings, is a simple process that even a nervous home gardener can do with a few tools and just a little bit of knowledge. Aloe puppies are essentially baby plants that share part of the parent plant's root system. All you have to do to start an aloe plant from a pup is wait until it is large enough to remove from the mother plant.

The amount of distance of the offset depends on the variety of aloe. Typically, you wait until the offset is at least one-fifth the size of the mother plant or has multiple sets of real leaves.

Very old, large aloes can have their young removed from them when they are small, but they still need to have enough leaves (at least three) to produce their own plant sugar to survive. The puppy must be mature enough to successfully root an aloe vera plant.

Steps to Separate Aloe Pups

Once the aloe puppy is the right size, remove the dirt from the puppy's base. Examine the area and determine where is the correct cutting spot to remove the aloe pup. When the puppy gets away from the mother aloe plant, it should have a complete root system.

Use a sharp, clean knife to cut the aloe pup away from the mother plant. Clean tools are important for separating Aloe puppies to prevent contamination from disease and pests, and to create a clean surface that quickly comes into contact with the planting medium.

Plant the newly removed puppy in dry cactus potting mix or make your own with one part potting soil and one part sand. Let it sit for a week, then water the soil. After that, you can take care of the aloe vera pup like a normal aloe plant.

You can then pass the freshly started succulent plant on to devoted gardeners and friends.