The Q&A Archives: Aloe Vera

Question: I have 2 very large potted aloe vera plants, each about 15 years old. I took out the baby plants that grew underneath and want to transplant them to grow separately in new pots. I'm not sure if that was the best thing to do or not. Will I cause any damage or kill the larger plants by taking out their seedlings? Please tell me the best way to transplant these plants and the damage, if any, that I may have caused to the larger plants.

Answer: You have chosen precisely the right way to propagate your aloes. The 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. Relax and enjoy!

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