How to Repot Aloe


Aloe, or Aloe Vera, is a succulent plant that thrives in dry conditions. Often grown as a houseplant, Aloe is known for the medicinal uses of the gel within its leaves. Aloe is a favorite for those who like houseplants but often forget to water them, as the plant can go a month or longer without water. Over-watering is the main cause of death to an aloe plant. Very early spring or late fall is the best time to re-pot an aloe, as they put on growth over the summer months.

Step 1

Place approximately 1 inch of pea gravel in the bottom of the new potting container. This will help with drainage.

Step 2

Fill the new pot 3/4 full with potting soil labeled for cactus growth. If this is not available, mix equal parts of regular potting soil, sand and peat to make a suitable soil for the aloe.

Step 3

Remove the aloe plant from the current container and shake off any dirt around the root ball.

Step 4

Remove any baby aloe plants from the root ball with a sharp knife. Set these aside on a sheet of newspaper to allow the cuts to heal for several days. Set the mother plant aside to dry as well if you cut away babies from the root.

Step 5

Dig a hole in the soil in the new container just slightly larger than the root ball of the aloe plant using a garden spade.

Step 6

Place the root ball into the hole and cover the plant with the soil mixture until the crown of the root ball is buried.

Step 7

Place the plant in a sunny location and water when the soil feels completely dry to the touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Larger container
  • Pea gravel
  • Cactus potting soil or potting soil
  • Sand
  • Peat
  • Garden spade
  • Sharp knife
  • Newspaper


  • Saddleback College: Cactus and Succulents (PDF)
  • Purdue University: Indoor Plant Care
  • University of Minnesota: Aloe Vera Gone Wild
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