But it’s not just a matter of putting it in a new container and hoping for the best. You may or may not have heard the term “transplant shock” but this can happen with many indoor plants when they are moved to a new home and not given adequate care.
Not only is aloe vera susceptible to this, but it can also develop root or stem rot after replanting. We’ve gone to the experts for advice on when and how to repot aloe vera to ensure a smooth transition for your precious plant.
What is the best time to replant aloe vera?
“The best time to replant aloe vera is in the spring,” says Justine Kandra, horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden. “Aloes and other succulents don’t need to be repotted very often. A typical aloe will only need to be repotted every 2-5 years.
“Depending on the species or cultivar, plants can get quite large even with pruned aloe vera. When an aloe plant starts to weigh down the pot and is in danger of falling over, it should be repotted,” says Justine. “If the potting soil has completely collapsed and no longer holds water “Rightly, this is also a sign that it is time to replant them.”
Justine Kandra is a horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are dedicated to plant health and conservation. They include a variety of aloes.
1. Choose your container carefully
It is important to choose a container that will be suitable. “Choose containers with drainage holes in the bottom so water can leave the pot and the soil can dry completely between waterings,” says plant expert Annie Schreck.
‘no A layer of rocks at the bottom of the pot; It increases the risk of rot. If you are experiencing overwatering, moisture, rotting or your cactus turning brown, unglazed terracotta pots are a great choice; It is breathable, so it speeds up the drying process. In general, pots that are 4 to 8 inches in diameter and deep are suitable for aloe vera, Annie says.
“A pot that is slightly wider than it is tall will help reduce the risk of larger cactus plants becoming weighed down and falling over,” Justine adds. “When choosing a new pot for your cactus, choose a pot that is only about 1 inch larger in diameter than the original pot.”
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2. Get the soil right
“Aloes need a very well-drained, fast-draining soil mix,” says Annie. “Garden centers also carry bags of succulent soil, but it always doesn’t drain well enough for these indoor plants.”
“Mix it with an equal amount of gravel (pumice, perlite, or construction/paving sand) to achieve the right balance of organic and inorganic materials,” she suggests.
Annie Schreck has been Research Director and Editor-in-Chief at Mountain Crest Gardens since 2018. She takes great pleasure in researching and writing about succulents, sharing plant care tips through the MCG YouTube channel, and helping people grow hydroponic plants at home and in the landscape.
3. Remove the aloe vera from the pot
Gently remove the aloe vera from the pot. “Remove any roots, stems or leaves that are damaged or show signs of rot. Place the plant in its new pot with fresh soil,” says Justine.
“Another option for replanting an aloe vera plant is to remove it from its pot, trim about a third of the roots using clean, sharp shears, and then repot it in the same container with new soil. This is not necessary if you are planting the aloe vera in a larger container,” she says.
4. Remove puppies if necessary
You can remove the pups while repotting your plant before placing your plant in a new pot, as this is a great way to propagate your aloe vera plant.
“Gently pry the pup’s roots away from the parent plant, keeping as many roots as possible,” says Annie.
“Replant them into smaller pots with sandy soil, just as you did with the mother plant,” says Justine.
5. Place the aloe vera plant in the new pot
Once you have finished pruning and separating the young plants, it is time to place your aloe vera plant comfortably and safely in its newly prepared pot with the appropriate soil mix.
“Remove as much of the old soil as possible without breaking the roots. Keep the cactus at planting depth in the new pot (or the original pot, if you’re just renovating the soil), then pot it into your rocky soil,” says Annie Schreck.
To avoid transplant shock, compact the soil to fill any gaps and stabilize the plant. “Wait three days before watering your aloe vera plant, as the tiny tears in the roots need to dry out and callus before you water them,” she advises.
Why does aloe vera plant turn brown after transplanting?
“Aloe vera leaves turning brown can be a symptom of several cultural issues, including overly wet soil or too much direct sunlight,” says Justine Kandra, horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
“Make sure you’re using a potting mix designed specifically for succulents, and that your aloe isn’t exposed to too much direct sunlight, especially right after you repot it,” she says.
If you are growing an aloe vera plant, you can try placing it next to other indoor plants for full sun exposure.