A Beginner’s Guide to Propagating Aloe Vera Pups

If you’re a plant enthusiast like me, you probably have at least one aloe vera plant in your collection. These low-maintenance succulents are not only easy to grow but also incredibly useful. In this article, I’ll show you how to repot aloe vera pups and expand your aloe family.

The Origins of Aloe Pups

Aloe vera is known for its prolific nature. If you have a healthy and mature aloe plant, it won’t be long until you start noticing tiny offspring sprouting up from the base. These little plants, called pups, can be pulled out and used in a smoothie when they are small, or they can be repotted to grow into new aloe plants.

Aloe pups growing at the base of the main plant.

The Art of Repotting Aloe Pups

Repotting aloe pups is not only beneficial for the main plant’s health, but it also provides you with fresh aloe leaves. To begin, choose a potting soil specifically designed for succulents. Miracle-Gro is a reliable brand, but any good cactus/succulent mix will suffice. If you want to ensure ideal drainage, add a cup of perlite to the soil mix.

Using a plastic tote to mix your soil additives and fill your pots keeps everything neat and tidy!

When selecting pots for your pups, aim for a diameter that matches the height of the new plants. If you have empty plastic pots from previously purchased starter plants, these can be repurposed for aloe pups.

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Separating Pups from Mama

To separate the pups from the mother plant, grasp them as close to the soil as possible and gently pull them out. In some cases, you may need to repot the mother plant as well. If this is the case, carefully remove the entire mass of plants from the pot, and separate each clump into individual pups. Trim off any dried-out leaves before proceeding.

I ended up with around a dozen aloe pups.

Allowing Pups to Callous Over

Before repotting the pups, it’s important to give their root systems time to form a callous. Let them rest for a day or two to allow the roots to heal before moving forward. If any of the pups don’t have roots, leave them unrepotted for a week and mist them regularly to encourage root growth. Avoid overwatering to prevent rot.

Smaller aloe pups with no roots can be used in smoothies or be put into a succulent nursery.

The Repotting Process

To ensure proper drainage, place a small handful of gravel at the bottom of each pot. Fill the pot with soil, leaving some space in the middle. Gently push the pup into the soil, ensuring it sits at the same level as it did on the original plant. Firmly pack the soil around the base of the pup to provide stability.

Adding gravel or small pebbles to the bottom of your pots keeps your soil well-drained.

Caring for Newly Repotted Pups

After repotting, refrain from watering the pups immediately. Allow them a few days to settle in and establish roots. Once they are settled, water only when the soil is completely dry. Aloe vera plants thrive in bright, sunny locations, so place your new pups in a sunny window. Within a week or two, they will perk up and be ready to share with friends and family.

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The Circle of Aloe Life

Aloe vera plants may be slow growers, taking anywhere from 4 to 6 years to reach a size suitable for regular cuttings. However, by following this repotting process, you can continue the cycle of propagating aloe pups, creating a never-ending supply of fresh aloe for yourself and others.

So, why not try your hand at propagating your aloe vera pups and experience the joy of watching your aloe family grow? And while you’re at it, consider exploring other succulents such as jade plants and learn how to propagate them too. Happy gardening!

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Newly planted pups will perk up within a week or two.

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