How to Help My Aloe Vera Plant Grow

Overview

Aloe vera, or simply aloe, is a favorite among gardeners of all levels. Aloe does well as either an indoor or outdoor plant and thrives even in stressful conditions. The best way to help your aloe vera plant grow is to re-pot the plant yearly into a larger pot. This will give it room to expand.

Step 1

Choose a new potting container several inches larger than the existing pot. For instance, if the current pot is 6 inches wide and 6 inches high, look for a pot at least 8X8 inches.

Step 2

Mix together equal amounts of good quality potting soil and sand. Look for potting soil developed specifically for cactus and succulents.

Step 3

Place 1 inch of pea gravel in the bottom of the planting container, then fill the pot with the potting soil mixture.

Step 4

Remove the aloe vera plant from the original container. Shake the existing dirt away from the roots.

Step 5

Remove any pups, or new growth shoots, from the plant using a sharp knife. Lay the original plant on newspaper overnight to "heal over" the cut roots before replanting.

Step 6

Use the garden trowel to dig a hole in the center of the container, twice as wide and deep as the root ball of the aloe plant.

Step 7

Place the plant in the hole and cover the roots with the potting soil mixture.

Step 8

Water the plant until water drains from the bottom of the container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure not to overwater your aloe. Always allow the soil to become dry to the touch before watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Aloe vera plant
  • Large potting container
  • Good quality potting soil
  • Sand
  • Pea gravel
  • Sharp knife
  • Garden trowel

References

  • University of Arizona: Backyard Gardener - Growing Aloe Vera
  • University of Hawaii: Aloe
Keywords: Aloe, Aloe vera, grow aloe vera

About this Author

G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.