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.
Place approximately 1 inch of pea gravel in the bottom of the new potting container. This will help with drainage.
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.
Remove the aloe plant from the current container and shake off any dirt around the root ball.
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.
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.
Place the root ball into the hole and cover the plant with the soil mixture until the crown of the root ball is buried.
Place the plant in a sunny location and water when the soil feels completely dry to the touch.