Whether you are a beginner in plant care or you already grew plants that are difficult to maintain, healthy. There is no doubt that aloe is one of the plants that almost everyone cannot give up and wants to have in their home.
There are different ways to propagate your aloe plant. Propagation can be from pups (also called offsets or offshoots) or leaf cuttings. Propagation from pups is the easiest and most successful method. If you try to propagate aloe from a leaf cutting that is placed in water, it will most likely rot before it takes root.
Growing aloe from seed is a long process, propagation with offspring will get you off to a much quicker start. Also, the seeds need eight to ten hours of sunlight for germination, which is difficult to provide naturally in most homes, so you need to adjust the grow lights.
This plant is very easy to care for and provides benefits in many ways, making it indispensable. Well, how about growing more aloe plants in your home? Let’s learn how to propagate aloe.
Propagation of Aloe by Leaf Cutting
Choose Healthy Leaf
You should start by choosing a healthy leaf. The leaves of the aloe plant closer to the ground are usually more mature. Large, undamaged leaves without any signs of disease are best suited for propagation.
Cut the Leaf
The blade that will help you cut the leaf must be absolutely clean and sharp. Unclean blades can carry bacteria and cause the leaf to rot.
So, how should you cut your aloe? You can cut the leaf, which is at least 3 inches long, near the point of attachment to the stem.
Aloe leaves have a gel-like consistency, and this moist structure can cause the leaf to rot if the leaf is buried directly in the soil. For this reason, you should wait for the formation of a membrane at the cut site of the leaf.
You should put the cut leaf on a dry towel paper, place it in a warm place away from direct sunlight, and wait for the membrane to form. At this stage, make sure that the leaf does not come into contact with water.
You can add cactus soil into a drained pot and plant the leaf so that 1/3 of it remains in the soil. If you don’t have a pot with a hole in the bottom, you can add soil after putting pebbles under the pot.
Finally, you can water the soil. Remember that the leaf should not come into direct contact with the water during the watering process.
Propagation of Aloe by Separating Aloe Pups
This method involves removing the leaf, including where it meets the stem (the white area).
After removing the plant from the soil, you should cut the leaf from the node where it attaches to the stem. The white area where the leaf attaches to the stem is quite clearly visible. Gently cut this white area with a knife from the opposite side of the leaf at the bottom of the plant.
Then gently move the leaf from side to side and pull it apart from the stem. The leaf mustn’t be damaged at this stage.
If you wish, you can immediately plant the leaf you cut into a flower pot and water the soil.
Another option is to plant the leaf in the ground after rooting it.
So, how to root aloe? Place the aloe leaf you plucked so that only the white area is in the water. You can get help from a pet bottle for this. You can also plant the leaf when rooting occurs.
However, propagating aloe from the offspring of a healthy parent plant is relatively simple and the recommended option.