Transplanting aloe vera is often a good idea. Those that are top heavy, leaning over, and have pups, are all good candidates for re-potting.
Transplanting Aloe Vera Plants
Though they may be one of the easiest houseplants to grow, transplanting aloe vera is sometimes a necessary task.
I had a couple of aloe vera plants on my windowsill in the kitchen. After all, what’s better than aloe for treating an oven burn? The light is not the brightest here, but the plants continued to grow and thrive. However, as you can see if you look closely, the one on the left is super top heavy and leaning out of the pot.
Just look at how long the base is.
Time to transplant. First cut off a good bit of the base, and let the cut form a callus for a few days. Like all succulents, it is best to let the cutting dry out to avoid rot.
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Then re-pot along with any little pups or off shoots into a heavy shallow terra cotta pot. Make sure you use a light weight soil mix that drains quickly. Add perlite if needed to your potting mix. You can also buy potting soil made for cacti and succulents.
Note: Do not water the transplants. Wait a couple of weeks to water the new pot. This will give the roots a chance to get established. Even though some people may call this the cockroach of plants, too much water is one thing that will surely kill it.
When you do water the aloe plants make sure to water it thoroughly, allowing water to come through the bottom of the pot. I often do this at the sink and then let it sit there to drain well. Typically aloe only needs to be watered once or twice a month. It’s better to keep it on the dry side. When in doubt, don’t water.
This new pot is now in the dining room under supplemental grow lights. Obviously it’s too big for a kitchen windowsill, and it may enjoy the extra light. I did leave one small pot of aloe in the kitchen for emergency burns. When it gets too big for the pot, I’ll transplant it too.
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