Rooting an Aloe plant

David W. Kramer kramer.8 at OSU.EDU
Thu Dec 18 12:49:16 EST 1997

>Is it possible to root a cutting of an Aloe plant?  If so, what is the
>best way to do it (i.e. just cut a leaf, break one off at the base,

We have had success two ways (the first is faster):  1) remove a mature
plant from it's pot and subdivide the plant.  You'll find there are
branches of the rhizome, probably with roots attached, that can be broken
off and potted as separate plants.  2) remove a mature leaf near its base
and pot it about 2 cm deep in a pot of rooting medium (we use 1 part
Pro-Mix: 1 part course sand: 1 part perlite).  Be sure you don't let the
medium dry out.  The succulent leaves of Aloe will remain alive for a long
time while roots are forming.  Eventually you'll see a new sprout emerging
from the soil.

Dr. David W. Kramer
Department of Plant Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
(419) 755-4344  FAX:  (419) 755-4367
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