Are you looking to add some aloe vera plants to your garden but don’t know how? Look no further! In this blog post, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about planting aloe vera in pots, including the benefits of aloe vera, how to plant aloe vera in pots, and the best potting soil for aloe vera. By the end of this guide, you’ll have everything you need to start growing aloe vera plants indoors!
Before we continue, you can check out our previous article: How to Plant Aloe Vera in the Ground
What Is Aloe Vera
If you’re looking for a plant to add some succulent beauty to your garden, then aloe is a great option. Aloe is a succulent plant that is common in the tropics. It grows quickly in pots, so it’s easy to get started with this landscaping option.
Aloe vera is a short-stemmed shrub that is occasionally called a “miracle plant.” There are more than 500 species of flowering succulent plants belonging to the genus Aloe. Aloes are widely distributed in North Africa.
Aloe vera has succulent, upright leaves that cluster into a dense rosette. The gel extracted from the plant’s leaves has a wide range of applications.
Aloe vera has been used for millennia and is now more well-known than ever, according to Kew Gardens, England’s premier royal botanical garden.
It is grown all over the world, mostly as a crop for “Aloe gel,” which is derived from the leaf.
Today, aloe vera is frequently utilized in:
- Food: It is permitted as a flavor by the FDA.
- supplements to food.
- herbal cures.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that is well-known for its many health benefits.
Aloe vera juice’s components can offer a few health advantages. Aloe vera plants contain the yellow-red pigment beta-carotene. It functions as an antioxidant and helps support eye health, including proper function of the cornea and retina.
Heartburn, often known as acid reflux, is a painful disease when stomach acid leaks up into the esophagus. According to a recent study, aloe vera juice helps lessen heartburn symptoms without causing any unfavorable side effects.
Juice from aloe vera plants contains a number of substances with laxative properties. Aloe vera juice has demonstrated promise as a method to treat constipation, even though it is unlikely to cause digestive problems in persons with regular bowel movements.
Irritable bowel syndrome could potentially be treated with aloe vera juice (IBS). This disorder causes the intestine to become inflamed, which causes discomfort and other problems. It has been demonstrated that aloe possesses anti-inflammatory effects. In one study, IBS patients who consumed aloe vera juice reported modest improvement in their symptoms. However, more investigation is required by scientists.
Aloe vera juice is abundant in antioxidants, which aid in the battle against free radicals. Your body experiences less oxidative stress as a result, which lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or even cancer.
Planting Aloe Vera in Pots
Planting aloe vera in pots is a great way to protect your investment and enjoy the plant’s succulent leaves.
Timing of Aloe Vera Planting, Transplanting, or Repotting
Spring and summer are the ideal times to plant or transplant aloe. Tucson’s daytime highs are still in the 80s, and the city’s overnight lows won’t drop below freezing until mid-December.
Prior to the days getting shorter, give your aloe vera at least a month to establish itself. Because your plant will be sleeping during these seasons, late fall and winter are not the best times.
Select a pot
Pick a pot that will fit the aloe roots without crowding them. To improve drainage, add 1 to 2 inches of gravel to the pot’s bottom. Additionally, the pot needs to have drainage holes.
Add the growing medium to the pot
Succulent-specific potting soil should be added to the container. Make your own commercial mix using 1 part pasteurized soil, 1 part sand, and 1 part peat moss, or buy one from a garden supply store. Squeezing the moistened soil in your hand will allow you to determine whether it has sufficient drainage. It should disintegrate when you let go as opposed to remaining in a muddy ball.
We have an article about the best soil for aloe vera on our blog. Go to: Best Soil for Aloe Vera Plant Indoors: 4 Tips to Choose the Right Mix
Plant the aloe
After placing the aloe plant in the pot and adding some soil mixture, cover the root ball with the soil. The top of the root crown should be covered with soil. After transplanting the plant into a new container, allow the roots to mend for a week without watering it because disturbed aloe vera roots are more susceptible to rot from excess moisture.
Avoid freezing temperatures
Place the aloe vera plant in a location where it won’t freeze. The plant can withstand a wide range of temperatures, including most outdoor circumstances and common indoor house temperatures. In the winter or during periods of excessive heat, they might need to be taken inside. They can resist temperature changes as long as they remain between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Set the pot in indirect light
Put the aloe vera container in a well-lit area. The best window is one that faces west or south. Make sure that the light is not blocked by seasonal changes, tree shading, or window coverings. Put the plant under a fluorescent light for 16 hours per day if there isn’t a bright window in the room.
During the spring and summer, water deeply to completely saturate the soil, but don’t water again until the soil is completely dry. When the soil dries out during the winter, irrigate it with just a cup of water. Winter is a dormant season for aloe, so it doesn’t require additional moisture.
Clean the leaves of the plant
Use a delicate cloth that has been wet with water to clean the plant’s surfaces. In addition to removing dust and maintaining the plant’s appearance, this can prevent issues with aloe vera plant care, such as keeping insects and diseases away from the plant’s surfaces. It can also be cleaned by putting it in the rain or under a shower, but take care not to let the soil become soggy.
You may also like this article: How to Plant Aloe Vera Without Roots – Using 2 Methods
Keeping Aloe Vera in Perfect Conditions
Between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (13 and 27 degrees Celsius), these plants thrive. There shouldn’t be any cause for concern because this is the typical temperature of most homes. In the winter, keep the plant away from drafts. In the summer, it would thrive outside during the day, but in colder climates, it should be brought inside at night.
Aloe vera plants enjoy direct, bright sunlight. This plant thrives in a window with a west or south exposure.
In the spring and summer, water your aloe vera just every two to three weeks. In the winter and fall, water it around every five to six weeks. Between waterings, let the top third of the soil dry out. Do not forget that aloe vera is a succulent! They favor dry food.
These plants don’t require frequent fertilization. During the spring and summer, fertilizing them once every two months is sufficient. Your plant will thrive if you use a balanced houseplant formula at half-strength when you do this.
When to re-pot
If your aloe vera becomes root-bound, which won’t happen very often, you should merely pot it again. Every spring, I examine mine to see whether a larger pot is needed.
Baby aloe plants
When your aloe has fully grown, it can start to produce offsets, also known as plantlets or pups, which can be taken out and planted.
You can get a second aloe vera by removing these and cloning the mother plant! Here’s how to get rid of offsets securely:
- On the plant, locate the pup.
- To separate it from the mother plant, use garden shears, scissors, or even a sharp knife. Leave the pup with an inch of stem.
- For a few days, keep the puppies out of any soil to give them time to develop a callus over the cut region (to prevent them from rot).
- Make careful to keep them in a warm area with lots of indirect sunshine.
- Plant the puppies in a typical succulent or cactus potting mix once they have developed calluses, just like you did with the mother plant.
- Choose a sunny location for them, and give them about a week before watering them so that the roots can form.
- You now possess an entirely new plant!
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that is native to arid regions of the world. This plant has a long history of use for medicinal purposes, and it is now commonly used in skin care products and as a plant potting soil. In this blog post, we will teach you how to plant aloe vera in pots. Whether you are new to aloe vera or just want to plant it in a new pot, this guide will have you up and running in no time!
Hi, I'm Lia! A gardening freak. My garden is my baby, and it brings me great joy to grow something beautiful. I hope by sharing my experiences you can learn something new and be inspired to do your own gardening!✨