Aloe Vera Repotting Tutorial
How to Repot Aloe Vera
Various Succulents in Slot Pots
Aloe Vera plants are fairly easy and resilient succulents to cultivate. While Aloe Vera plants are especially appreciated for their utility in food and medicine, it’s also gratifying to watch these beautiful plants thrive with proper, but easy care. Aloe Vera plants can flourish so much they outgrow their homes and need to be repotted. Other times, they have sprouted baby Aloe Vera or their potting soil needs to be refreshed. This care article will explain the reasons why Aloe Vera plants may require replanting, and the process of repotting them.
When to Transplant Aloe Vera
There are several reasons why your Aloe Vera plant may need repotting. The sections below will go over what to do in given situations. If your Aloe Vera plant has done the following, it is time to help your friend break out of their shell.
If Aloe Vera plants outgrow their containers or become too top heavy, it is time for a new pot. Just like us, Aloe Vera need space to stretch their legs. They need an accommodating amount of room and airflow to develop broad healthy roots that help to support the heavy weight of the leaves. Our rePotme Slot Pot was designed with the needs of your plant in mind. Our rePotme Slot Pots and slotted inserts for our rePotme ceramic pots help to reduce soil spillage, promote drainage, and provide excellent fresh air exchange. Our ceramic and plastic succulent pots are suitable for baby Aloe, but they will quickly outgrow them. Our 10" rePotme Slot Pots are a suitable size for most home Aloe plants. If you have your own ceramic pots you intend to use, it is preferable they have ventilation holes on the sides and vital they have drainage on the bottom. Fresh air exchange and drainage are the two biggest factors in preventing root rot. Generally, the Aloe's roots will grow to fill out about two-thirds of the available space. Aloe Vera plants actually thrive with their roots in crowded conditions; however, space constraints may ultimately bottleneck how much your Aloe can grow.
Soil Media Has Gotten Old
Aloe Vera plants need to be repotted once or twice a year (whether they grow or not) to ensure the plants benefit from the broad spectrum of nutrients in potting soil mixes. As plants consume nutrients from the soil and deposits waste into it, the pH changes and makes the soil less hospitable. Some plants respond favorably to pH changes, such as the Hydrangea and its signature blue-pink transformation. Your Aloe Vera is not a Hydrangea and may not respond well to old off-pH soil. For giving your Aloe fresh soil, we fresh-mix to order rePotme Aloe Vera Imperial Succulent Mix.
Your Aloe is a Parent! Pups (Baby Aloe) Are Forming Around the Base
Your Aloe Vera's pups can be removed once they are two or three inches in size, using rePotme pro snips with stem notches or other cutting tools available. An Aloe Vera Succulent Starter Kit is a great option for repotting the new pups. You can keep the pups as backups in case misadventure comes to your parent Aloe, or gift them to family, friends, and coworkers. It is the gift that keeps on giving!
Tips for Repotting Aloe Vera Plants
Below are the basic steps to transplanting Aloe Vera plants.
Remove Aloe Vera Plants from Their Pots
This is the first step in the transplanting process. Make sure you have the correct size plastic succulent pots or ceramic succulent pots ready, whether for existing Aloe Vera plants or for transplanting pups. The pups will need pots 4" in diameter while the parent may need 10". We provide square 3" rePotme Succulent Pots as well as round Slot Pots in many sizes including 4" and 10".
Gently Pull the Pups from the Parent
There comes a time in some plants' lives when their kids must leave the nest. It's not always easy, but in Aloe's case it is. To gently separate the pups from the parents' base, it may be necessary to use rePotme Pro Snips with Stem Notches or other cutting tools. Aloe Vera plants are resilient, and their roots can handle some minor insults! It is good to leave the plants out of their pots for about a day, the roots heal better when dry. After allowing the plants to briefly heal, you may proceed to replanting.
Replanting Your Plants
Fill the pots about one-third with a potting mix and then place the plants in the soil. Continue filling the pots with soil, leaving at least ¾ inch between the top of the soil and the pot. Gently plant the pups or parent Aloe Vera in their new spacious beautiful pots with rePotme Aloe Vera Imperial Succulent Mix.
Do Not Water Aloe Vera Plants After Repotting
Wait a few days before watering the repotted Aloe to give them a chance to sprout new roots. Keep the plants in warm places with indirect sunlight until the plants seem happy and settled in.
Feed Your Aloe Vera Plants Occasionally
To encourage ongoing growth, feed Aloe Vera plants a nutrient rich fertilizer such as FEED ME! Cactus & Succulent once or twice per month.
Aloe Vera are gratifying to cultivate and repot, especially when it has practical uses around the house and keeps on giving! Once you have the hang of it, the sky's the limit for how much Aloe you can make!