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!
Like many succulents and cacti, these wonder plants produce little offsets or offshoots (we'll call them pups).
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.
Water once, and then don't water again for at least a week or until the soil dries out.
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.
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.
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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