How to Remove Pups From an Aloe Vera Plant


Aloe vera, also known as Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis, is one of the types of aloe plants that is widely cultivated as both a useful and ornamental plant. It is prized for its unusual-looking, fleshy gray-green leaves and attractive yellow flowers that appear on stalks that rise above the clumping foliage. It is simple to reproduce aloes vegetatively, since little offsets known as aloe pups emerge around the base of the parent plant. These pups may be detached from the parent aloe whenever the weather is warm throughout the year.

According to the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension, this evergreen perennial can tolerate the elements in the outdoors in the plant hardiness zones 10 through 12 of the United States Department of Agriculture. However, it makes an outstanding container specimen that can be brought inside for part or all of the year throughout a considerably greater range. This is because it can tolerate indoor conditions better.

  1. 1. Water the Plant

    If you want to make it simpler to remove the plant from its container or separate the puppies from the mother plant, give the aloe plant roughly a day’s worth of water about a day before you intend to do either of those things.

  2. 2. Remove Aloe From the Pot

    You may either remove the aloe from its container by sliding it out, or you can use your gloved hands to peel dirt back from around the base of the puppies that you will gather. Alternately, if you want to rejuvenate the aloe plant, divide the clump, or remove many pups, you may choose to dig up the entire aloe plant, including the root mass that extends at least one foot beyond the perimeter of the aloe plant’s base. This will allow you to rejuvenate the aloe plant, divide the clump, or remove many pups. If you do not frequently remove offshoots from an aloe plant, dividing the plant at least every three to five years is the next best thing to do to revitalise the plant and stimulate rapid development.

  3. 3. Separate Aloe Pups

    To remove the desired aloe puppies from the parent plant, which should have a robust appearance of health and measure a few inches in height, take the aloe pup by the base and roots and carefully pull it away from the plant while holding it firmly. The pups should have a healthy appearance. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Yavapai County recommends using a clean, sharp knife to cut the pup free if it does not separate with just minimum effort being used on the part of the caregiver.

    Make certain that you get some roots with each of the pups. If the aloe is growing in the ground, the cleanest way to separate the pup from the parent plant is probably to use a sharp shovel and press it into the ground. This should make the separation.

  4. 4. Wait for Wound to Heal

    If you have to cut the pup to remove it from the mother plant, you should wait two or three days before planting it in order to enable the incision to heal and avoid infection. If you did not have to cut the pup, you may plant it immediately.

  5. 5. Prepare Planting Location

    Dig a planting hole for each new aloe plant, or fill containers that have adequate drain holes most of the way with a combination of equal parts well-drained potting soil and sand, or a potting medium that is specifically designed for use with cacti and succulents.

  6. 6. Plant Aloe Pups

    Plant each aloe pup in a planting hole or container that has been prepared for it, being sure to place each one at the same depth at which it had been growing before. Put the dirt that you removed when you dug the hole or the potting soil mix around the root mass of the little plant, and pat it down gently while pressing it down to squeeze any air pockets out.

  7. 7. Water Aloe Regularly

    Around one week after planting, give the aloe that you just put in the ground a gradual and thorough soaking with plenty of water to encourage the soil to settle around the new plant. If necessary, make up for any settling by adding more soil to the container. After this first soaking and after planting the aloe, allow the soil to totally dry out around the plant in the time between waterings.

    Things You Will Need

    • Work gloves

    • Protective eyewear

    • Sharp spade or pointed shovel

    • Sharp, clean knife

    • Container with drain holes

    • High-quality potting soil

    • Sand