How to Transplant Aloe


Aloe vera is a popular houseplant with many healing properties, from soothing sunburns to helping to heal deep wounds. Aloe is also very easy to take care of, as it requires little fuss or watering. Aloe can grow to be quite large, and if your plant is starting to become too top-heavy, or its roots are beginning to squeeze into its pot, it is time to move it to a larger one. Transplanting aloe is a very basic procedure.

Step 1

Select a pot that will be big enough for the roots of your aloe plant to spread out at least two inches in each direction beyond where they are now. The pot must also have adequate drainage, so look for holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Fill the pot halfway with a potting soil designed for succulents, available at most lawn and garden centers. If you can not find one specifically for succulents, use a standard potting soil mix and sand at a 2-to-1 ratio. Blend the mixes together before adding the aloe plant.

Step 3

Gently lift your aloe plant from its present pot. If there are offshoots (new aloe plants) growing from your large plant, gently separate them from the roots and soil and plant them in their own separate pots.

Step 4

Shake as much dirt as possible from your aloe root ball, and then place the roots down into the soil of the new pot, spreading them gently if possible.

Step 5

Fill the pot the rest of the way up with the potting soil mix, and tamp the soil down firmly over the aloe plant root ball.

Step 6

Wait 48 hours before watering if the soil in the old pot was moist. Wait 24 hours if the soil was dry.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your transplanted aloe's roots are too wet, they can suffer from root rot while trying to get acclimated to a new pot and new soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Larger aloe pot
  • Potting soil (succulent type preferred)
  • Sand (optional)
  • Water


  • Natinal Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Aloe Vera
  • University of Arizona: Question: How do you transplant Aloe?
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.