Have Fun Transplanting Aloe Vera!

Transplanting Aloe Vera is one of the easiest jobs in the garden, and you'll soon have lots more of the wonderful 'miracle plant' which you can use for all kinds of healthy and beautifying uses. 

We love growing Aloe Vera and it can be very rewarding and helpful when you get bitten or stupidly sit out in the sun for too long.  Then its cooling, antiseptic and pain killing properties come into their own. So, let's face it, you are going to want more and more of it aren't you?  Especially when you see all the amazing recipes we are coming up with for your own facial and hair products!

Aloe Vera Plants with Orange Flowers

Aloe Vera plant propagation is simple.

Like many succulents and cacti, these wonder plants produce little offsets or offshoots (we'll call them pups). 

Transplanting Aloe Vera when the pups are babies. . .

If the Aloe Vera pups are small and you can easily get to them around the base of the plant, all you have to do is gently tease them away from the mother plant, with as much root as you can and there you have a brand new plant. 

  • You can keep the plant for a few days in a bag or box before you re-plant it if you like.  Maybe you are collecting some pups to give to friends or relatives. 
  • It's also a good idea to leave the roots exposed to air for a day or two if they have been cut or damaged as they will heal better than if they are in water. 

Never leave Aloe Vera pups sitting with their roots in water as they will rot.

Water once, and then don't water again for at least a week or until the soil dries out. 

Transplanting large Aloe Vera plants

If you're like me, it might be several years before you get round to sub-dividing your plants and transplanting them. 

In this case, the little pups will have grown into Aloe Vera plants as big as their parents and you have a whole family of them all squashed together in one pot. There is no doubt they will enjoy some independence and more space at this point in their lives. 

So how to split up the family without causing too much grief? 

The best way will be to take the whole plant out of its pot. After all, the mother plant is going to need some new soil and nutrients and probably a bigger pot too by this stage, having produced and nourished so many offspring in this limited space. 

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  • You might also need help, as these heavy, gel filled leaves can be very heavy.  
  • Lift the plant away from the pot (you might have to cut away any roots which have grown out of the drainage hole at the bottom) and place on the ground. 
  • Try and separate out the roots and tease apart the individual plants. 
  • If that doesn't work, you may have to resort to cutting.  Try and cut as little as you can, and make sure each plant has its fair share of roots. 

Re-potting your divided Aloe Vera plants

Choose some lovely planters or containers and decide whether you are putting one plant or a few into each pot. If you are feeling creative you might want to mix in some other Aloe varieties or cacti.  But don't mix with plants that need watering frequently as they won't like living in the same pot. 

  • Mix some clean compost with sand, perlite or coarse grit so that it has good drainage.  You can also buy cactus or succulent potting mix already done for you. 
  • Fill the pot half full and then place your pups gently in and fill around the roots.  You may need to fill right up to the first leaves so they don't fall over if your babies have already grown into tall lanky teenagers. You could also prop them up with a few pebbles or stones until their roots have established a firm base again. 
  • Give a few to your friends and neighbours too so they can start their own garden based beauty parlour. 


Transplanting Aloe Vera out into the garden

The same principles apply as re-potting in planters. Make sure there is good drainage.  Maybe fill the hole with some cactus mix or some gravel to make sure. Water it, but don't water again unless the soil is very dry.  

Leave plenty of space for each plant to grow.  They can get up to a metre tall and wide. 

Be careful not to plant too close to paths or areas where people walk by, as you don't want to be suffering from lacerations when the Aloe gets too big!

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