How To Re-pot An Aloe Vera
cotta Unglazed clay ceramic
When choosing the container, consider porosity and drainage. The
unglazed clay pot in the centre is the most porous (permeable by water) so soil in it will dry out
relatively quickly. The advantage to having a porous container is that it helps to prevent roots from
becoming too wet. Non porous materials include glazed terra-cotta, plastic and metal. These pots are fine
to use – just be careful not to over-water. These pots are ideal for those who don’t want to water as
A drainage hole in the bottom of the pot will help to remove excess
water and prevent waterlogged soil. Remember to provide over-head shelter in heavy rains for any pots
left outside with no drainage holes.
When choosing a pot size, choose one that is 2 inches wider
than the original.
Partially and loosely fill the new bigger container with potting soil
(not garden soil or black earth). Initially fill it enough so that when the original container is placed
in the new pot, both pots are level with each other.
Now it is time to take the plant out of its original pot. The roots
will probably look pot-bound. Coax the roots to grow into its new environment by gently loosening the
roots out with fingers before placing it in the new pot.
Place the plant in the new pot, centering it.
Once you're done re-potting, your plant will have room to spread its roots and
you'll both feel better!
Loosely fill the rest of the container with potting soil up to the rim. When it is watered
for the first time, the soil will sink down as the air pockets in the soil get filled.
Add some more potting soil to the pot and gently pack down until the soil is about ½ an inch
below the rim of the pot. Voila! The plant is now in its new pot and can spread its roots!
Written By: Lea Tran