The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Aloe Vera Plant?

Question: I have a fast growing aloe vera plant but when I transplant it to give to friends it turns yellow. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: Aloe cuttings have always rooted for me quite easily, here is my method. Take stem cuttings, offsets, or leaf cuttings in spring or summer. Let the cuttings air dry for a few days, and then place cut end down in sterile potting mix. Do not cover with plastic or glass as you do with other cuttings. It will take quite awhile for the roots to really get going, but it will happen. Water sparingly.

Another, and possibly more successful way to propagate your aloes is by removing offsets. These baby plants, or offshoots, will root readily in barely damp sharp sand or regular potting soil. Let the offshoots dry for a few days and then carefully plant them so the roots are just covered with soil. Water very sparingly until new growth begins. If you overwater, or if the soil remains too moist, the little plants will rot. No special care is required, just place the newly potted offshoots next to the parent plants so they'll have the same degree of light they had before, and the same temperature. Your mature aloe plants will not suffer any damage from the removal of the offshoots.

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