Aloe vera, also known as real aloe or desert lily, can be propagated without professional knowledge. The popular plant belongs to the succulents. Spring is the right time for repotting. Take the opportunity to divide or propagate the plant.

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Grow aloe vera

Two to three-year-old aloe plants form offshoots, so-called Kindel. Like most indoor plants, aloe vera can be propagated by rooting the shoots in a glass of water.


  1. Carefully remove the aloe from the pot.
  2. Lay the plant on a piece of cardboard or newspaper. Loosen the roots and remove the soil.
  3. Disinfect a sharp knife with alcohol.
  4. Cut the offspring from the mother plant.
  5. Leave the mother plant in an airy place for three days so that the cut surfaces can dry well. After that, you can pot them in a larger pot with fresh succulent soil.
  6. Place the separated Kindel on the newspaper as well.
  7. After three to four days, the cut surfaces of the cuttings have healed slightly.
  8. Now take a water glass with a not too wide opening.
  9. Place the cuttings of the aloe in the water glass in such a way that only the rooting point protrudes into the water. The small rosette must not hang in the water, otherwise it will rot.
  10. Watch the development. Only water carefully when the rooting point no longer reaches the water surface. After just a few days, the first small roots appear.
  11. After four to six weeks, clear roots can be seen. Now is the time for planting in a flowerpot.
  12. If you prefer to grow in soil, plant the rooted cutting in a pot of special succulent soil. A drainage of coarse gravel protects against waterlogging. Only water the plant carefully after five days.
  13. An easy-care alternative to planting in sandy soil is to keep aloe vera in hydroponics . Put the rooted offshoots in expanded clay. First, do not use nutrient solution, but stagnant water. You can only replace this with commercially available nutrient solution after a month. Always keep the nutrient solution low to prevent rot.
  14. First place the still sensitive young plant in a semi-shady place. Only after an acclimatization period and when it has grown well does it tolerate full sun.
Tip: If you cultivate the real aloe in hydroponics, make sure that the water level indicator is just above the minimum position. Like all succulents, it tolerates long periods of drought unscathed, while too much moisture is poison for it. Brown discoloration and mushy leaves indicate care errors.

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