How To Repot an Aloe


There are more than 400 species of aloe, according to botanists at the University of California at Davis. Aloe is a succulent plant and most species have thorns. Aloes grow in nature in many different climates, and in the United States are commonly grown in pots, as houseplants. Requirements for growing an aloe houseplant are simply fast draining soil and lots of sunshine.

Step 1

Spread the newspapers out on a table or other work surface and put on the gardening gloves.

Step 2

Add the dry potting mix to the new pot until it is half full.

Step 3

Tip the aloe plant on its side and gently remove it from the pot. Remove any smaller aloe that may be growing next to the large one by using a sharp knife to cut them off the larger plant. Don't be afraid of hurting the aloe--it is a tough plant. The small aloe plants can be potted up into small pots filled with succulent potting mix.

Step 4

Place the aloe in the new pot and add or remove soil so that it will be planted at the same depth at which it has been growing. Fill the pot with the soil to within 1/2 inch of the rim and pack the soil at the base of the plant.

Step 5

Wait three weeks to water the aloe. This gives the plant time to settle in to the new pot and callous over any damaged roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Newspapers
  • Succulent potting mix
  • Planting pot, one size larger than the plant is currently in
  • Sharp knife


  • University of California at Davis: The Genus Aloe
  • University of Arizona: How Do You Transplant Aloe?
  • University of Illinois Extension: Transplanting Mature Aloe Vera
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