Transplanting aloe vera is a great way to maintain a healthy plant. Especially those plants that are top heavy, are leaning over, and have several pups. They are great candidates for re-potting.
Though they may be one of the easiest houseplants to grow, repotting 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 its healing properties 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 with leaves leaning over the rim of the pot.
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Repotting Aloe Vera Plants
Start by removing the entire plant from the pot. Just look at how long the base is.
Cut off a good bit of the base with a clean knife, 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 the main plant along with any little aloe pups or offsets into a heavy shallow terra-cotta pot with a drainage hole. 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 Vera 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 and excess water. Typically aloe's water schedule is about 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 new aloe plants and looks so much happier.
- Clay pot
- Potting Soil for cacti and succulents
- Gardening tool
- Sharp clean paring knife
- Cut off a good bit of the base or mother plant with a sharp knife, and let the cut form a callus on the stem 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 a cactus mix used for cacti and succulents.
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