My Aloe Vera plant recently grew some amazing new pups! After moving twice and subjecting the plants to a lot of stress, I was surprised when they started showing signs of new growth and happiness. One of the Aloe Vera pups was dangerously close to falling from the plant, so I decided to replant it and give it a new home using an upcycled tin tuna can.
What You’ll Need:
An Aloe Vera plant sprouting pups
A shallow planter or dish. I used an upcycled tuna can because it was shallow.
Hammer and Nail if you’re using a tin can
Remove the full aloe plant from its pot and remove the dirt surrounding the roots.
Find where the pups connect to the root and carefully remove it as close to the root as possible. Make sure the pup has a tap root attached and as much of the root as possible.
Rinse the root of the pup in lukewarm water. Place it on a dry paper towel and let it dry for 1-2 hours.
Meanwhile, rinse the planter to prepare for potting. If you’re upcycling a tuna can like I did, rinse it thoroughly and poke 1 hole in the bottom with a hammer and nail.
Add dirt to the planter and place the pup in the center. Bury the full root,
Don’t water it immediately because Aloe Vera likes a dry environment. Water the pup slightly in 2-3 days.
Place under a grow light in a warm area, or outdoors if it’s summertime. Make sure it is shielded from wind and weather until its roots become established.
Photos: Elizabeth Adan
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