The propagation of Aloe vera, also known as real aloe or desert lily, is successful even without professional knowledge. The popular plant belongs to the succulents. Spring is the right time for repotting. Take the chance to divide or multiply the plant.
Propagate Aloe Vera
Two to three-year-old aloe plants form shoots, so-called Kindel. Like most indoor plants, Aloe vera can be propagated by rooting the shoots in a glass of water.
- Remove the aloe carefully from the pot.
- Place the plant on a cardboard or newspaper surface. Loosen the roots and remove the soil.
- Disinfect a sharp knife with alcohol.
- Cut the babies from the mother plant.
- Leave the mother plant in an airy place for three days so that the cut surfaces can dry well. After that, you can put them into a larger pot with fresh succulent soil.
- Also, put the cut off babies on the newspaper.
- After three to four days the cut surfaces of the cuttings will have healed slightly.
- Now take a water glass with a not too wide opening.
- Place the aloe shoot in the water glass so that only the rooting area is exposed to the water. The small rosette must not hang in the water, otherwise, it will rot.
- Observe the development. Water carefully only when the rooting place no longer reaches the water surface. After a few days, the first small rootlets will show.
- After four to six weeks clear roots can be seen. Now is the time for planting in a flower pot.
- If you prefer to cultivate in soil, place the rooted shoot in a container with special succulent soil. Drainage made of coarse gravel protects against waterlogging. Water the plant carefully only after five days.
- An easy-care alternative to planting in sandy soil is to keep the Real Aloe in hydroponics. Place the rooted cuttings in expanded clay. Do not use a nutrient solution at first, but use stagnant water. Only after one month, you can replace this with a commercially available nutrient solution. Always keep the level of the nutrient solution low to prevent rotting.
- Place the still sensitive young plant in a half-shaded place at first. Only after a period of acclimatization and when it has grown well can it tolerate full sun.