Transplanting aloe vera is a great way to maintain a healthy plant. Those that are top heavy, leaning over, and have several pups, are all good candidates for re-potting.
Though they may be one of the easiest houseplants to grow, repotting aloe vera is sometimes a necessary task.
Repotting Aloe Vera Plants
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.
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Start by removing the plants from the pot. Just look at how long the base is.
Cut off a good bit of the base, leaving only 1-2 inches. 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.
Then re-pot along with any little aloe vera pups or offshoots into a heavy shallow terra-cotta pot. Make sure you use a lightweight soil mix that drains quickly. Add perlite if needed to your potting mix. You can also buy potting soil made for cacti and succulents, however, I find that even the specialized potting mix can benefit from a little extra drainage so I add perlite.
Note: Do not water the transplants. Wait a week 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.
Aloe Plant Care
When you do water the aloe transplant 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. However, 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.
Here's an updated picture of my replanted aloe a year later. It has now grown into many aloe plants and looks so much happier.
- Clay pot
- Potting Soil for cacti and succulents
- Gardening tool
- Cut off a good bit of the base, and let the cut form a callus for a few days.
- Re-pot along with any little aloe vera pups or off shoots into a heavy shallow terra cotta pot.
- Use a lightweight soil mix that drains quickly.
- Add perlite if needed to your potting mix, or use potting soil made for cacti and succulents.
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