How to Start an Aloe Plant

Start an aloe plant from offshoots at the base of an established one; these offshoots, known as pups, will do just fine.

Use a knife to cut the desired size off an aloe leaf and place it on a paper towel out of direct sunlight, instructs Arizona Cooperative Extension Backyard Gardener. Allow the cut end to callus over for several days prior to placing in a clean pot filled with well-draining soil designed for cacti and succulent plants.


Aloe plants make a beautiful addition to any garden and contain skin-soothing gel, providing it with soothing properties. To maintain its optimal growth and keep its beauty at its highest, water it regularly; but be wary not to overwater during the winter. Due to being sensitive to temperature fluctuations, it should not be left exposed in drafty areas.

As your first step, place your aloe leaf in a pot with drainage holes and fill it with well-draining soil formulated specifically for succulents or add coarse sand to regular potting soil to improve drainage properties. When planting it in its container, fill up about one third of its volume with this mixture.

Plant your aloe in ample, bright indirect light. Avoid placing it directly under sunlight as this may lead to sunburn and discoloration on its leaves. In summer months, outdoor aloes can be moved outdoors to a sunny patio or porch – though come autumn and winter, they should remain inside!

Aloes prefer fast-draining soil, so selecting an aloe-specific potting mix or adding coarse sand to regular potting soil are both excellent ways to provide adequate drainage.

Spring and summer require that your aloe be watered every two weeks or so; during fall and winter you can cut back to once or twice every month. When watering, make sure you irrigate deeply so the excess drains off into its respective pot.

Starting an aloe from a leaf cutting takes several months for it to establish roots and become established, while you should water sparingly and apply a small dose of liquid succulent fertilizer each month according to its label instructions. Once established, transplant carefully into a larger pot so as not to get new roots caught in old potting soil which could cause them to rot over time.


Aloe plants are popular outdoor and houseplant choices in hot climates worldwide, but require specific lighting conditions for optimal growth. Hailing from desert regions, aloe requires indirect sunlight that is bright but not direct. Without enough light exposure, its leaves could turn yellow or wilt, while too much exposure could result in red or burgundy leaves with sunburn effects forming as signs.

If your aloe vera plant has collapsed into a “flop,” that means its natural shape has changed and it has begun to stretch across the sides of its pot. This is an acceptable, healthy response to lack of light; just leave it alone! Aloe vera tends to form clusters when in its native environment but may take on this sprawling form as it matures.

Overwatering can be the cause of an aloe’s demise. Since aloe stores water in its leaves, and soggy or excessively wet soil may rot away your plant altogether. When aloe is dormant in winter months, one watering per week should suffice; otherwise overly saturated soil could rot its roots and kill off your aloe plant completely.

Keep your new aloe from becoming too top heavy by choosing an appropriately-sized pot and selecting a well-draining, silt-rich potting mix with small and large particles that drain well. Aloes don’t tend to need much fertilizer – when adding any, consider liquid houseplant fertilizers designed specifically for succulents or cacti plants.

One method for cultivating aloe plants is propagation from its own pups, or baby plants that emerge at the base of its mother plant. This approach is both straightforward and highly successful at increasing chances of taking root successfully; once you’ve purchased fresh leaves or pups from an aloe store, repot them into clean containers filled with sandy loam with clay-rich content for improved drainage and air flow.


Aloe plants are low-maintenance houseplants that add beauty to your home while soothing skin conditions when used topically. To grow healthy aloe, provide it with appropriate soil and plenty of indirect sunlight – it is sensitive to drastic temperature shifts and may stop growing if exposed to freezing temperatures.

Aloe plants thrive when planted in sandy, fast-draining potting mixes such as Miracle-Gro(r) Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix. When transplanting aloe, use a pot slightly larger than its original pot so its roots fill about two thirds of it; overcrowding causes roots to rot quickly while an overcrowded root ball won’t get enough sunlight.

After planting your aloe plant in soil, water it to settle its position and avoid its leaves from rotting. Next, fill your container with additional soil until about one third of an inch separates its base from that of the pot’s rim – its top leaves should also rest just above soil level.

Once planted, water the aloe every week or whenever its top soil feels dry to touch – you can use your finger or wooden skewer as a tester! To reduce risk of rot. When watering again only when dry soil surface feels thirsty.

Water your plant sparingly throughout spring and summer; fall and winter rainfall should only be used sparingly to provide needed irrigation. After each watering session, make sure the excess drains out through the bottom of its pot rather than running down onto its sides or leaves.

Early fall is an ideal time for planting aloe outside, before intense heat and sun return. Outdoor plants should be placed in an area that receives morning sun, while providing light shade in the heat of the day. If you live in an especially warm region, patios or porches could benefit from being covered with tarps to provide protection from extreme temperatures. Eventually, aloe requires dormancy during fall and winter by receiving less light exposure and decreasing temperature levels.


Aloe plants differ from other houseplants in that their temperature requirements can differ significantly, needing warm temperatures with moderate light levels but minimal humidity. Aloe is native to tropical climates with dry environments such as deserts; therefore simulating its natural habitat helps it flourish indoors ideally between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit is best; though some colder temperatures such as freezing ones will tolerate it better; thus it’s wiser to bring indoors when temperatures turn cooler.

Soil conditions also play a vital role in aloe health. Sandy loam is ideal, as its mixture of large and small particles allows it to drain quickly while holding moisture without becoming waterlogged. Clay or silt may be added for increased aeration and drainage properties. Because aloes are susceptible to root rot, use quality pots and avoid overwatering (when adding more water, allow the soil to dry before adding any additional).

Aloe propagation can be done easily by cutting a leaf cutting from an established aloe plant and then allowing it to produce small offsets or baby plants at its base. When these pups reach one-third to one-half the size of their parent plant, you can remove them by cutting close to them with scissors.

Watering an aloe plant depends on the season. For spring and summer watering needs, every two to three weeks is ideal, to allow the soil time to dry between applications. While in winter you should only water once every month so as to allow time for everything to completely dry before watering again.

Growing an aloe from seed usually takes two to four weeks before its seeds germinate and begin growing roots. Unfortunately, flowers often do not bloom for four years due to indoor environments which do not allow enough temperature fluctuation for blooming processes to happen properly.

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