Updated: May 31, 2022

Climbing aloe plant, also known as Aloe ciliaris, is a unique and beautiful succulent that is native to South Africa. Its long, slender stems can grow up to three feet tall and produce bright orange-red flowers in the summer months.

Transplanting your climbing aloe plant is necessary when it outgrows its current pot or soil becomes too compacted. In this article, we will discuss how to transplant a climbing aloe plant successfully.

Step 1: Choose the Right Pot

Choosing the right pot is essential for the health of your climbing aloe plant. It should be at least two inches wider than the current pot and have drainage holes at the bottom. The pot’s material should be porous, such as terracotta or clay, to allow proper airflow.

Step 2: Prepare the Soil

Climbing aloe plants prefer well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. You can create your own soil mix by combining equal parts of sand, perlite, and cactus soil. Avoid using garden soil as it may contain pests or diseases that can harm your plant.

Step 3: Remove the Plant from its Current Pot

Gently loosen the soil around the climbing aloe plant with your hands or a trowel. Then, turn the pot upside down and tap its bottom to remove the plant. Be careful not to break or damage the stems or roots.

Step 4: Trim the Roots (Optional)

If you notice any dead or damaged roots, trim them with a clean pair of pruning shears. This will encourage new root growth and prevent any potential diseases from spreading.

Step 5: Place the Plant in the New Pot

Place a layer of soil at the bottom of the new pot and position your climbing aloe plant in the center. Fill the pot with the remaining soil, gently patting it down around the plant. Make sure the plant is at the same level as it was in the previous pot.

Step 6: Water and Wait

Water your climbing aloe plant thoroughly and let the excess water drain out of the pot’s bottom. Place the pot in a bright, sunny spot, but avoid direct sunlight for the first few days. Allow the plant to settle for a week or two before resuming regular watering.

FAQs

When is the best time to transplant my climbing aloe plant?

The best time to transplant your climbing aloe plant is during its active growing season in spring or early summer.

How often should I water my climbing aloe plant after transplanting?

Water your climbing aloe plant thoroughly after transplanting and then wait for the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

How do I know if my climbing aloe plant needs to be transplanted?

If you notice that your climbing aloe plant has outgrown its current pot or its soil has become compacted, it’s time to transplant it into a larger pot.

Can I use regular potting soil for my climbing aloe plant?

No, regular potting soil is not suitable for climbing aloe plants as it retains too much moisture, leading to root rot. It’s best to use well-draining soil with sand, perlite, and cactus soil.

Can I propagate my climbing aloe plant after transplanting?

Yes, you can propagate your climbing aloe plant by taking stem cuttings after transplanting. Allow the cuttings to dry out for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.