For the last couple of years, Aloe Vera has gained popularity due to its medicinal properties. Aloe Vera leaves are succulent and in most cases form a dense rosette. Many of its uses come from the gel. The gel is obtained from the plant’s leaves.
Over the last few years, it has been a subject of many scientific studies. Many researchers claimed that the plant possesses therapeutic properties. In North Africa, the plant thrives all year around. In this case, pollinators get nectar from the plant.
About Aloe Vera Propagation
You can grow an Aloe Vera plant from leaf cutting. However, the most successful method of Aloe Vera Propagation is from pups and babies. Aloe Vera is related to cactus. Propagating Cacti is very easy. Rooting an Aloe Vera seems like it can work, but all that you will get at the end is a rotten leaf. Therefore, cuttings are not reliable methods of propagating the plant. The best way to make this easy and more successful is by removal of offsets.
Propagating Aloe Vera Plant
Once you have determined if the plant you want to propagate from is healthy, start collecting supplies. Look for healthy pups or else small Aloe plants near the mature plants for propagation.
Required Gardening tools and Supplies
- A sharp knife.
- Pair of clippers.
- Pots for planting.
- Succulent soil mix or Cacti.
- Metal chopsticks.
- Aloe Vera pups.
- Sand or gravel.
Which are the steps to propagate Aloe Vera plant?
1. Untangle thick Aloe Vera plant roots
Be patient when removing the thick Aloe Vera plants roots. You don’t want to destroy any delicate roots from the pups. Disturbing the roots may minimize the chances of germinating. To make things easier, shake off the soil from the root system.
2. Separate the pup from the main plant
Here you can use the sharp knife or even a pair of clippers to facilitate easy detachment from the mother plant. Additionally, it will be much easier splitting the Aloe plant.
3. Gently untangle the pup roots
To avoid injury on the roots, gently separate the pup roots. Ensure that no roots are broken in the process. Chopsticks will be of great help here. It will make detachment easy and efficient. Chopsticks have proved to be excellent.
What should you consider before planting?
A deep container will be quite useful in this case. Make sure that your container or pot is deep enough if you are using a stem. It will be easier to plant the entire stem under the soil. Choose a container that will allow the soil to dry thoroughly. A container made from a porous material is recommended. It is heavy enough to keep the plant from tipping over.
Moreover, if you don’t have terra cotta, you can use plastic container though they hold more moisture. To allow excess water to drain out, choose that container which contains at least one drainage hole. The hole can either be on the side or bottom. Always use a well-drained mix. Cacti is the best here. A reliable mix should include:
- Lava rock.
Lack of good drainage will make Aloe Vera plants to rot. Also, this is the most common reason for plant death. You need not have a layer of sand or lava rock at the bottom. The roots need enough space to develop.
How should you plant an Aloe Plant?
At this moment, your plant must be large enough to repot it. Here are the steps you will follow:
1. Leave the plant for a few days in the sun
In the process, make sure that the cut part does not come into contact with soil. It will minimize infection.
2. Prepare the pot
If you have used the pot before, place a screen just below the drainage hole. The screen prevents soil from falling. Additionally, it allows water to drain correctly. A newspaper can also be used though it will break down after a short time.
3. Remove your plant from the current pot
While you remove dirt from the plant roots, make sure that you don’t damage the roots. It is possible to trim off the stem if it has grown such that it can’t fit in the pot. Here are steps you can follow in cutting the stem.
4. Cut off part of the stem
Take the stem in indirect sunlight until it develops callous on the wound.
5. Plant your plant
Slightly bury the cut part in the soil. The cut should occupy 30 percent of the well-drained potting mix. Fill the soil around the plant. The bottom part of the plant should rest on top of the soil. Don’t water the plant after you have planted.
Watering the plant a week from when it was planted will be much better. Much water increases the chances of rotting and withering. The moment roots start to grow, water your aloe plants. The plant needs to be kept in a warm place, preferably direct from sunlight.
Caring for your Aloe Vera Plant
After planting Aloe Vera plant, it is essential to care for them. Consider the following practices:
- Water your plants in summer only.
- Use organic manure or fertilizer.
- Weed control will minimize the plants from competing for food and water.
- If the plants grow too big, move them to a big container.