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How to Cut and Replant Aloe Vera Plants? [Easy Steps]

Aloe Vera is probably the easiest of all succulents to cut and replant. You need a mother plant with thick, spotless leaves or pups (offsets).

Cut and replant Aloe Vera plants using leaves or offsets in terracotta planters. Separate a healthy leaf at the base and allow it to scab for 3-5 days before planting in well-draining soil. As for offsets, detach them from the mother plant and replant them in a porous substrate.

However, refrain from cutting the Aloe leaves in pieces and planting them. This will only rot the parts, lowering the chances of a successful transplant.

So, to not waste any Aloe Plant parts and ensure aftercare, follow the article and learn the proper ways!

When to Cut and Replant Aloe Vera Plant?

Aloe Veras are medicinally beneficial plants and has many exciting methods of propagation.

However, cutting and replanting new Aloe plants is strictly seasonal as it becomes less stressful for the plant.  

It would be best to cut and replant your Aloe Vera in the early mornings of mid-spring to late summer to ensure maximum plant survivability.

Fall, winter, and early spring generate a relatively passive growth phase known as the dormancy period, during which the metabolic activity of the plant slows down.

The process becomes less tiring by choosing the right season with the correct intent behind cutting and replanting Aloe Vera plants.

  • You can save your Aloe collection from perishing by propagating a healthy leaf or pup from a diseased or pest-infested mother plant.
Image represents a many Aloe Vera plant
You can borrow some healthy leaves or pups from the old mother Aloe Plant and propagate them increase the supply of new Aloe plants.
  • You can prevent overcrowding by cutting and replanting the pups or healthy leaves.
  • If your Aloe plant is getting old or looks droopy, you can rejuvenate its growth by replanting good-looking leaves or offsets.

How to Cut and Replant Aloe Vera Plants?

Most make the mistake of cutting an entire leaf in small chunks and planting time, hoping that they will grow new roots.

But it only causes the sections to rot due to their susceptibility to pests and pathogens.

However, if you have a healthy leaf blade that snapped off or your Aloe Vera does not have tiny babies, you might wish to propagate with leaf clipping.

  • First, pluck a few healthy leaves from the mother plant directly from the base without cutting them.
  • You can cut the leaves from the middle or directly plant the entire leaves in the soil.
  • If you cut the leaves, use a sterilized knife and make a clean split horizontally to split the leaves into two sections. 

Try to cut the Aloe Vera leaves without killing the plant

  • Avoid planting the top cut section of the leaf and use the lower chunk that will later go into the soil.
Image represents the process of propagating Aloe pups in soil
Porous soil can easily offer a draining environment, preserving the delicate roots of the pups during the growth phase.
  • Wrap these sections in clean paper towels and place them in a cool, dry place for 3-5 days to scab them.
  • They are ready for planting if the cuttings get dark yellow scabs on the cut region.
  • Fill 6 inches wide and deep terracotta pots with a fresh succulent potting mix.
  • Plant the cuttings in the soil about root deep and moisten them evenly. 
  • The cuttings may take around 4-6 weeks to grow new and robust roots. 

Besides Aloe Vera seeds, propagating Aloe Vera from a vigorous parent plant’s offsets or pups is also preferable, as they will root faster.

Detach the pups about 1/4th the size of the mother plants and plant them in the deep pots. Keep in mind that one pup per pot is ideal. 

Check this informative video to get into the details about planting Aloe leaves.

Care for Newly Potted Aloe Vera Plants

Below you will discover a few critical things to consider while tending to a newly potted Aloe Vera plant.

  • Place the cutting near a south-facing window for at least 6 hours daily for strong sunlight or near an east-facing window all day.
  • Sustain a temperature between 55°F and 85°F and indoor humidity around 40%.
Image illustrates some extra tips to cut and replant Aloe Vera
For healthy Aloe plants, cut the leaves at the correct point and use natural methods to entice the cuttings for sprouting healthy roots.
  • Water the cuttings every 2-3 weeks, but check the soil moisture before watering.
  • Since Aloes need fertilizer every spring, you must wait for the cuttings to grow roots and new leaves before feeding.
  • After the cuttings shoot out new leaves, apply a feed specially designed for succulents.

If you own baby Aloe Vera, learn the best care tips to make it healthy. 

FAQs About Cutting and Replanting Aloe Vera

Can you replant Aloe Vera leaf cuttings without roots?

Aloe leaves without any base (lower white part) can quickly rot in the soil.

So, you must harden them for a few days before replanting them in a potting medium.  

Can you root Aloe Vera cuttings in water?

You can root Aloe cuttings in water, but the water must be changed every few days when it turns murky to prevent rotting.

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You might want to secure warmth and humidity for the cuttings by covering them with a humidity dome or plastic wrap, but it’s not ideal.

Since Aloes naturally prefer torrid environments, too much humidity can rot the cuttings and fail your efforts!

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