Grow, baby, grow! Whether you like it or not, your baby aloe vera plant will get bigger, eventually outgrowing the pot you brought it home in. Moving your plant into a larger pot is your next step! But you have to be careful: repotting your aloe vera before it is ready for the big move could have disastrous effects. If you plant ends up swimming in its new pot because it is two sizes too big for it, it will also likely be swimming in water. An overwatered aloe vera can easily die. To keep your aloe happy and healthy, don’t rush the upgrade. Your aloe vera will blossom beautifully and need a larger living space soon enough. So, when do you know it’s time to repot? Let’s take a look at how you know the time has come.
When to Repot an Aloe Plant: The Tell-Tale Sign
Going big and better–that’s the way of life! But what is the tell-tale sign that it is time for a pot upgrade? Run through these quick steps to find out:
- Lift up the pot your aloe vera plant is currently in.
- Answer this question: are there roots coming out of the pot’s drainage holes?
If the answer is YES: If you see roots coming out the bottom of your pot, your aloe vera plant has grown out of its current pot! This means that instead of its roots filling 2/3 of the pot (the requirements for the perfect aloe vera pot), they fill op the entire pot. Time to size up!
If the answer is NO: If you do not see roots at the bottom of your pot, give your aloe more time to grow in its current pot. It still has time–and room–to grow!
Upgrading your Pot: How Big to Go
When it’s time to upgrade your aloe vera pot (those roots! my are they dangling!), how much of a bigger pot should you buy? Just the next pot size up is good enough!
Repotting your aloe vera will give it a more comfortable living space as well as give you a chance to give it more nutrient-rich soil (replace the soil!) and a cleaner environment (remember to sterilize that new pot before you transplant your aloe vera!). If your plant needs an upgrade, consider it a good thing: an outgrown pot means your plant is growing! And you thought you didn’t have a green thumb!