Aloe vera re-potting

The Aloe vera plant has been popular for decades as a balm or salve used to treat minor burns, cuts, sunburn and other maladies. Every household should have an Aloe plant as part of their first-aid kit.

You can do your part to spread the good news about Aloe by dividing your plants and giving them away to folks who don’t have an Aloe yet. It’s very easy to do.

As an Aloe plant grows, it forms small plantlets or off-shoots around the base of the main stem. They may or may not have roots. These can be gently pulled apart from the main plant and transplanted into new pots.

In this post I’m using an old Aloe that needed to be renewed. The same process is used for making divisions of an Aloe that might not be this far gone. Here we go…

Start by getting a potting mix together. I like to use  fairly coarse potting mix to which I add sand, fine gravel and other grit to help the mix drain water well.  Aloe doesn’t like to be in a soggy pot.

In this example, where the plant has grown too long between re-potting, the Aloe has developed a long, undesirable stem with a lot of dead leaves.

Fix this by cutting the stem an inch or so below the green active part of the plant. Peel off all of the “onion skin” until you reach the stem itself. Also, remove  any dead or dying leaves. The stem has dormant root buds that will sprout to form new roots to support the newly separated plant. A dormant bud can be seen just below the pencil point. If you rub your finger over the stem, the bumps you feel are the root buds.

Then just fill a pot (be sure it has a drain hole in the bottom) with your potting mix and insert the prepared Aloe cutting into the soil. Water the new plant and that is it.  You now have a new Aloe plant that will soon take hold in it’s new home. Here is An Aloe I transplanted a few weeks ago.  Look how nicely the roots are growing.

This brand new plant  can now be given away as a gift.  Everyone loves Aloe !

To use Aloe as a treatment for an injury, cut a leaf from your plant. Slit the leaf open and apply the jelly-like juice to the affected area. You’ll feel relief immediately.

It’s medicine you can grow right on your window sill!


111 thoughts on “Aloe vera re-potting”

  1. Hi Julia, The dormant root buds look like small bumps or raised areas on the stem of the plant. The ones you need to save are located on the stem just below the bunch of leaves at the top of the plant. Follow the steps I outline in this blog and your plant should do fine. Good luck to you. Bob

  2. Hi! I’ve just cut off the stem of my aloe, and was planning on planting it today, but I’m wondering about the cut off stem, it has a lot of roots and I’m thinking maybe I could plant that as well, but I’m unsure of how to do that..

  3. Hi. I think I might have cut into the “actively growing” section. After I cut it, the plant had sap coming from the fresh cut. Do you think it will still take?

  4. Hi Tiffany, I’m way behind responding to comments. How is your plant doing? Aloes are pretty resilient,it should be rooting by now. Thanks for checking in, best of luck to you. Bob

  5. Hi Bev,
    I’m way behind responding to folks. Thanks for checking in, glad you were able to use the info. Bob

  6. I have two plants with very long stems. After I cut the stems down and replant the aloe plants, could I replant the remaining cut stems as well? With the roots they already have, could they regrow leaves?

    I don’t want to discard any part of the plant if it can still be saved. These are already growing into such beautiful plants!

  7. hello! Could you please sort the images? this post is very helpful but it would be clearer illustrated 🙂

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