How to Pot Aloe Plants


People worldwide use aloe plants for medicinal purposes to treat cuts and burns. There are over 400 aloe species, reports the University of California Davis Botanical Conservatory. Aloe varieties may be short-stalked to trunk forming, in which case they resemble small trees. This succulent forms rosettes of thick leaves. Aloes produce long flower stalks topped with tubular flowers. These rare flowers are white, yellow, orange and red. Aloe is a warm-weather plant, so it works well when grown as a houseplant.

Step 1

Wash a container that is a couple of inches larger than the root ball of the aloe plant with soapy water. Rinse the plant pot with one part bleach and nine parts water. This eliminates the chance of spreading plant disease and hiding insect pests.

Step 2

Drill holes in the bottom of the container, if there are no drainage holes. Cover the holes with a screen mesh to prevent soil from falling through the drain holes.

Step 3

Mix together equal parts of potting soil, perlite and sand. Commercial cacti potting soil can be used instead. Aloes enjoy good-draining soil to prevent the roots from becoming waterlogged.

Step 4

Fill the container up to two inches from the rim. This allows room to catch water. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball in the container with a hand trowel. Remove the aloe from its container. Place the aloe root ball into the hole.

Step 5

Firm the soil around the aloe plant to hold it upright. Pour water in the top of the plant pot and let it run out the bottom. Place the aloe in a bright location.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-water succulent plants. Aloe plants cannot survive standing water, and suffer root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant pot
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Drill
  • Screen mesh
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Hand trowel
  • Aloe plant


  • University of California Davis Botanical Conservatory: The Genus Aloe
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Aloe Vera
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.