The aloe vera is a succulent perennial plant that has many uses. They are used to treat burns, insect bites and small cuts. It can also be eaten for its health benefits and made into a tea. Aloe vera is grown as a low maintenance house plant. As a houseplant, it can grow very quickly, thus outgrowing its pot.
TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Susan Patterson adds, "Keep your aloe plants clear from your feline friends as they love to munch on them."
Step 1 - Transplant Offshoots
The aloe vera plant will begin to have "babies." These offshoots are separate plants that begin to grow in the same pot. They have their own root system and should be replanted to give it its own space.
TIP: Susan advises, "Aloe vera plants love plenty of bright sunlight."
Step 2 - Remove Plant
Take out the entire Aloe Vera plant and loosen up the root ball. As you loosen the root ball begin removing the offshoots. Take caution in removing them, so you do not rip the roots off. With a clean knife, severe the offshoot. Be careful not to damage any roots.
Step 3 - Plant the Offshoots
Bury the offshoot 2 inches deep in a new container filled with potting mix. Water thoroughly and again in 2 weeks.
TIP: Susan suggests, "Use a very light potting mix for best results."
Step 4 - Repot in New Soil
Repot the mother plant in the same fashion as the offshoots. Be sure to choose a container that is large enough.
TIP: Susan recommends, "Choose a new container that will accommodate the rootball plus 2 inches all around."