Aloe Vera is a soothing plant with thick, long, and fleshy leaves. A succulent plant can be used as an indoor plant or as an outdoor flowery bed. You will only face difficulty when the plant is overgrown in a pot as this is a sign; you have to repot the plant now.
So, you have done planting long before, but now your plant is poking out of the pot. There are plenty of methods to repot the Aloe Vera plant. But you have to choose the one that causes less damage and harm to the roots.
Aloe Vera plants can be grown in pots as well as in the soil of your garden easily. But when the aloe vera stem becomes too long, it can be split from the stem and can cause permanent damage to your succulent. How to avoid this situation? Here we are listing three methods that can assist you in this regard. Further, we will discuss how often aloe vera needs repotting? And in the last, how to care for your succulent aloe vera plant?
METHOD :1 TRIM THE UNNECESSARY STEM
So what are you going to do when you find out that the aloe vera stem is too long? The easiest method is to cut the overgrown part and plant it again. But how? We will discuss it below.
Take the aloe vera plant that is overgrown. Remove the soil take the plant out from the pot carefully. You can use the same container for repotting, but we will use another pot to do it efficiently. Now take the other pot. Clean it completely. If you rinse it with water, then let it dry for few minutes.
Come to the overgrown aloe vera plant; if the plant is not removing easily, you might have to break the pot. Then shake the plant to clean the left-out soil residue on the leaves.
Aloe vera plant often has tiny pups. Before planting into the new pot, remove them and plant them into other pots. Congrats! You got more succulents.
The next step involves trimming the overgrown roots. At this stage, you have to do the extra care of your plant. Trim out the unnecessary part of the root and place it into the dried pot. Pant it properly. But avoid watering it immediately. Let the plant settle in the new pot. Water the plant after 2-3 days.
METHOD: 2 PLACE THE PLANT INTO DEEPER POT
Being a plant lover, you might not love to trim or cut it from the roots. So, for you, here is another method that causes less damage to the roots and doesn’t require any trimming at all.
At this time, get the deeper pot. Wash it and let it dry. Now remove the aloe vera plant from the container and put it into the deeper one by adding some compost grains. Bury the plant into the newer pot attentively. You have to choose the larger, deeper pot to store the larger aloe vera stem easily.
But keep it in your mind that this method will not work if your aloe vera stem grown too long. Also, water the plant after few days.
METHOD: 3 PUTTING A PLASTIC AROUND THE STEM
The above two methods can go well for the small aloe vera plants. But if the aloe vera stem is too long, then these methods are not convenient. For larger and medium-sized aloe vera plants, this method will work best. You just have to put in a little bit of effort.
Take the container made of plastic. With the scissors, split it from one side to make a hole in the center for drainage. The hole should be larger than the stem. Make sure that the container is large enough to cover the large area of the stem efficiently.
Now make small holes with the knife or a pin around the sides that you split before. These holes will assist you further in sealing the pot again. A thread or short, thin wire can be used for this purpose.
Put the container around the overgrown part of the stem by noticing that the plastic container covers the whole area. Now, tie the tiny holes that you made before and with the wire or thread to seal it completely.
So the second pot is ready. Fill the other container up with the soil. You will notice in few months that the new roots are developed to support the next container. At that time, you can decide whether you want the second container or not. After the adequate development of roots, you can take off the plastic container from the stem.
The next question you will probably ask how many times we have to repot the aloe vera plant? Or what if we don’t repot it?
HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE TO TRANSPLANT AN ALOE VERA?
Aloe vera is a household plant that needs repotting when it is overcrowded. You can repot it two times a year. But repotting an aloe vera also depends upon the size of the pot. If the pot is large and deeper enough to handle the shaggy roots, then you might not need to repot it. But for the healthy development of the roots and stem of the aloe vera, repotting is recommended.
Moreover, if the aloe vera stem too long, and due to laziness, you are not repotting it, then the plant can die eventually. Proper watering and adequate care can make them stay healthy.
HOW TO KEEP THE PLANT SAFE FROM ANY DAMAGE?
Aloe vera plant needs a little bit of care. Caring for this plant is easy and does not require much effort. These plants can be grown in the direct sunlight of your garden and as well as in the indirect sunlight like a mini plant. But the temperature should be within the range of 55F to 80F. Otherwise, their growth will be affected.
Another advantage of growing aloe vera is that you don’t need to water them frequently. You can water them after every three weeks. Keep it in your mind that you have to water the roots deeply until the soil is completely wet.
Watering also depends upon the seasons. In winter, watering once after 2 to 3 weeks is sufficient. And for the best results, let the plant dry deeply before watering. But in the warmer months of summer, moisten them with water after every week.
You can add fertilizer to make them healthy and strong. During repotting, a small amount of fertilizer is suitable for the development of the plant.
WHICH SOIL IS BEST FOR ALOE VERA PLANT?
A simple regular soil can be used for the aloe vera plant as this is a succulent plant that doesn’t require extra care. That’s why you can optimize regular plant soil while repotting.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has its own needs. To fill those needs, it is always advisable to use soil that is specially made for a succulent plant like aloe vera.
BENEFITS OF CONSUMING ALOE VERA PLANT
Aloe vera plant has several species that are consumed all over the world for several benefits. Its gel can be used on the skin to treat various kinds of issues. The plant is used widely in skin care products because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe Vera can also treat sunburn and soothes the skin in case of rashes. Men could use it after shaving if the cuts or injuries happened. However, aloe vera has health benefits too.
With the adequate care of the aloe vera plant, it can be grown healthy and fit. The only problem with this plant is it will not be happy when the stem is grown too long. To solve this issue, use any one of the above-listed methods according to your requirement.