How to Pot Aloe Vera Plants

Overview

Grow an aloe vera plant in a pot and you'll always have easy access to the succulent's plump leaves, renowned for their clear gel that has soothing and healing effects when rubbed onto skin and wounds. Aloe vera grows best in very well-drained soil, and keeping these needs in mind when potting your aloe vera plant will ensure your enjoyment of the succulent for years.

Step 1

Add 1 to 2 inches of gravel to the bottom of a standard gallon-sized plant pot. This boosts the efficacy of water drainage.

Step 2

Fill the rest of the pot with three equal parts soilless potting mix and one part sand or perlite. Alternatively, use a commercially prepared potting mix intended for potted cacti.

Step 3

Dig a hole in the middle of the potting mix and insert the aloe vera plant. Bury its roots to a depth so that the base of the aloe vera plant's leaves is just above the surface of the potting mix. Tap down the potting mix to help it settle.

Step 4

Set the pot in a sunny window that receives direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours per day. Water once a day, allowing the potting mix to dry out between watering. Fertilize the plant once a year during the spring season with a standard granular or liquid bloom-type fertilizer with a nutrient ratio of 10-40-10.

Tips and Warnings

  • Aloe vera requires little fertilization other than its once-a-year fertilization. Overfertilizing increases the chances of chemical burns on the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Gallon-sized pot
  • Gravel
  • Soilless potting mix
  • Sand or perlite
  • Cacti potting mix (optional)

References

  • "The Aloe Vera Handbook;" Max Skousen; 2005
  • "Easy Container Gardens;" Pamela Crawford; 2008
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