How to propagate: Aloe Vera

Originally the Aloe Vera comes from the Middle East. Thanks to its healing effect, the succulent is not just a indoor plant. The juice from the plant has a very cooling effect that can be used in case of skin burns or eczema. Enough reason to propagate the plant!

Luckily the Aloe Vera is easy to propagate. In addition, the plant can also be propagated without shoots. Although the propagation of the Aloe Vera is – especially as soon as you cut the leaves – a slow process.


  • Aloe Vera
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil

Propagating an Aloe Vera in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you are might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Dig out the plant

Lay down an old towel.

Remove the Algaonema from the pot. Shake the plant above the pot to loosen the old soil. Remove as much soil around the roots as possible.

Step 3: Take cuttings

If you would like to propagate a shoot that is low on the mother plant, it is best to carefully dig out the Aloe Vera. This way you not only expose the shoot, but also the roots.

The same applies to the propagation from the leaves. In this way, cut the leaves as close as possible to the mother plant.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Let the cuttings that already have roots dry for about 4 days. As soon as the wound of a cutting is dried it can stimulate root growth.

Do you have a cutting without roots? Then it is better to let the cuttings dry for a few weeks. As soon as the wound is completely dried the cuttings can be repotted.

Drying the cutting is also necessary if you are going to cut Cacti, Euphorbias or other succulents.

Does the cutting have sufficient roots? Then the cutting can be placed in a pot with soil. It is best to use fresh potting soil to stimulate root growth. Make sure to not water the first period.

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