Detailed Aloe Repotting Instructions

Some of us are not born with a green thumb. It took me a long time to get things right.  If you’re like me and you’ve made it through a good portion of your life without ever repotting a plant,  I’m about to break it down just for you! Fortunately, Aloe Vera plants are very resilient. They don’t mind the bumblings of a beginner.

I recommend repotting your Aloe Vera outside. It’s going to get messy. Perhaps open up a big trash bag to work over. Also, you might want to wear gardening gloves if you have sensitive skin. Some Aloe plants can be prickly.

1. Pull your Aloe plant out of its pot. You can be rough with your plant. It’s not the end of the world if a leaf breaks off (put it to good use).

2. Treat the roots of the Aloe plant with some root stimulant. You don’t have to do this, but it will insure a higher likelihood of a successful transplant.

3. Fill up the new pot with potting soil and an Aloe with the roots intact. Depending on how big the pot is, you can plant up to three plants, and more if it’s a really huge pot. If you are planting a lot of plants in one, you will probably have to repot all over again sooner rather than later.

This is a more in-depth repotting article. For more info about how to care for your aloe plant, you can read this article right here.

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Comments

  1. laura says

    Yes great website. My mother gave me an aloe and it was so full of pups so i needed to know how to repot and its good to know i wont hurt them! But can i just wipe off the leaves with a wet paper towel or will that harm their growth?

  2. Valerie Wagg says

    I have a large aloe plant, how do I break it apart to start new plants, and what type of soil do I use? Thank You for your help.

  3. Paula says

    Thank you for the post and the other article about “Aloe Care”. My recently reported Aloe strted turning brown and I was so afraid I had done something wrong, but I understand now it is “in shock”. I, yes, I have not been born with a “green thumb”.

  4. Shannon Lubiani says

    I have 2 20+year old aloe plants with large primary root(taproot). Can it be trimmed for repotting? thanks so much”

  5. Cindy Lawrence says

    I LOVE ALOE! It has so many uses & benefits: skincare, medicinally, a beautiful plant in many varieties & I have several.
    Thank you for posting this useful info on plant care & repotting. Mine reproduce like crazy!

  6. barb desjardins says

    I know how to repant, I like to know if I can grow roots from a broken leaf off of a aloe plant? It fell on kto floor and the leaves broke off.

  7. Laura Earl says

    I received a very large aloe plant that had been exposed to the cold. 10 of it’s big beautiful leaves froze and I had to cut them off, leaving a very long bare space between the soil and the leaves, about 8 inches. This caused the plant to be top heavy and falling over. How deep can I repot my aloe? Can I plant the long leafless trunk in the soil? Or will it put out more leaves at the base? What should I do?

  8. Jacqueline Nicholls says

    I repotted my aloe plant and have over watered it is there any way i can get it back please
    Jackie

    • Danielle Brown says

      Hi Jacqueline,
      Try not watering it for a while (until the soil is dry again) and making sure it has plenty of sun, so that excess water will evaporate quick. You don’t want your aloe to get root rot or any other disease from sitting in too much water. Check out this article for more information on how to revive a drowned aloe!

  9. Renee says

    I broke apart a huge aloe with over 25 babies. I repotted the babies. After cutting off old branches on the parents ;). The stems to the roots are really long . 12 inches tall of stem. Can I cut it down to fit in a pot . Do I need roots ? Will it reroot?

    • Peggy says

      I read that you can trim the roots which will cause new roots to grow – don’t cut them all the way off, just trim them.

  10. Kris says

    There seems to be a step missing where you mention how to remove the baby plant from the main plant. Do I just cut it? I have a baby that popped up in the soil – is it too late to remove it and replant it?

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