The aloe plants usually grow in down-to-earth rosettes or clustered together at the end of the trunk or branch. New leaves appear in the center of the plant. When fully grown, these are about 50 cm long, thick-fleshed, tapering at the top and studded with thorns on the edges.
- Aloe vera means real aloe
- Correct temperature for aloe vera
- Hibernate aloe vera properly
The Zimmeraloe is also - depending on the species - usually a fast-growing plant, so that you should consider the ever-increasing space requirement before buying. The real aloe needs a larger container every 2-3 years. This should always contain a drainage layer so that waterlogging cannot build up.
Well drained soil is important
Sandy, dry and well-drained soil is particularly suitable for growing Aloe vera. A mixture of commercially available houseplant soil with sand and possibly some peat or finished cactus or succulent substrate are well permeable to water so that excess irrigation water can drain away.
When and how do you repot?
The robust aloe vera can be repotted at any time - except during flowering. However, it makes sense to do this after the winter rest. The best time is between May and June. If you regularly transplant your aloe vera into a larger pot, you do not need to add any additional fertilizers as the plant can absorb enough nutrients from the fresh soil. When repotting, you should consider the following:
- Do not water the aloe vera for a long time before repotting so that the root ball can be easily loosened,
- Place aloe vera in a larger container with a prepared drainage layer made of gravel and sand,
- fill up with fresh earth,
- place the repotted plant protected from the sun for a few days,
- no fertilization is required after repotting.
If the leaves of your aloe vera get brown spots, this is mostly due to the excessive watering. If the whole plant is affected, you may be able to save it by repotting it in fresh, dry soil. Do not water in the first few weeks after repotting!