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by Andrew S.
(Ithaca, NY)


I asked a while ago about my aloe plants that were growing offshoots.

There are 2 main pots with aloe plants, both are growing offshoots, which are about 4-6 inches tall now. I wasn’t sure how long I should leave these, or if I should just leave them there and not bother to remove them at all.

Both plants now (one more than the other) are growing more offshoots, which I am very excited about.

What should I do exactly?

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Well, it depends how many of the same plants you want, and how many you have room for! Each one of those cute little pups will eventually grow into an adult plant, all vying for the brightest spot in the room.

If you have lots of windows (or lots of friends to give them to!) then you can unearth the point of attachment to the main stem under the soil, and twist them off. Allow them to dry out, and then you can pot them up individually.

These should be treated the same way as cuttings, which I’ve described in various other posts about Aloe (twist them off like unscrewing a light bulb, and pot them up).

They need virtually no care, and in fact thrive on benign neglect. The perfect plants, no fuss, no muss!

Happy Aloe Growing!