How to Replant Aloe Vera Plant in a Bigger Pot


Aloe vera's low-maintenance needs and health benefits, such as its conditioning and healing effects when rubbed onto your skin, makes it a prime candidate for growing indoors in a pot. As your aloe vera plant matures and grows bigger, you may need to transplant it into a bigger pot. This allows your succulent to continue to grow to a healthy size for your continued enjoyment.

Step 1

Get a new planting pot that is several inches wider than the aloe vera plant's total diameter. The pot must have drainage holes at the bottom.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of the pot with one to two inches of gravel. This boosts the pot's drainage capabilities even further. Fill the rest of the pot with any standard soilless potting mix or a commercially prepared mix intended for growing cacti.

Step 3

Turn the current pot of aloe vera on its side and tap its edges to begin breaking up the soil. Slip your hand around the base of the aloe vera and gently wiggle it loose.

Step 4

Dig a depression in the new pot's potting mix. Place the aloe vera plant's roots in the depression and cover with the displaced potting mix.

Step 5

Water the aloe vera. Repeat waterings every one to two weeks, or as needed to keep the aloe vera's leaves plump and green.

Tips and Warnings

  • Using ordinary garden dirt or potting soil is possible with aloe vera, but can create significant plant health problems because this sort of substrate material doesn't drain as well as soilless mix and can lead to root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with drainage hole
  • Gravel
  • Soilless potting mix or cacti mix


  • "Succulent Container Gardens"; Debra Lee Baldwin; 2010
  • "Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate"; Gwen Kelaidis and Saxon Holt; 2008
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