Best Pots to Grow Aloe Vera In

Last Updated on November 8, 2022 by Stephanie

The most effective pots for aloe vera are terracotta and ceramic pots that are about 2 inches larger than what the plant is. The size of the pot should be in proportion to the size of the aloe vera to allow the soil to dry between periods of watering, to avoid root rot and encourage the growth of offsets from aloe vera.

Aloe vera thrives in ceramic or terracotta pots since they dont get too hot in the sunlight. Smaller pots are ideal for aloe vera to drain (larger pots can hold more water) Aloe vera is able to thrive even in pots that are is bound.

The most significant characteristic of an aloe vera pot is the fact that it has drainage holes at the base because they are extremely prone to root decay.

Best Pot Size for Growing Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an evergreen succulent that can reach 2 feet tall and similar width under the appropriate conditions.

Aloe vera may require a long time to attain a mature size so it is crucial that you plant the aloe vera in a container suitable to its size, as shown with 2 inches or more of soil on either of the aloe vera.

Aloe vera is specifically designed to thrive in soil that drains well and can withstand dry conditions similar to those in their natural habitat in Omen located in Omen in the Arabian peninsula. Aloe vera is therefore developed a habit of growing in sandy well-draining soils with a larger particle size, which does not retain excessive water (read my article on the the best aloe vera potting soil).

Pots that are much larger than the size of the aloe vera possess more soil capacity and, consequently, a higher capacity to hold water. Pots that are large can hold water for too long for aloe vera to withstand and create conditions for root rot which is why it is important of placing aloe vera into pots in proportional to its actual size.

(Read my article on on how to revive dying aloe vera when the leaves are beginning to turn brown, yellow or even black).

It is important to note that smaller pots dry faster because there is less soil that can retain moisture.

This is generally favorable for the drought-resistant aloe vera because it mimics the well-draining soil the circumstances that they have to be adapted. However, during the summer heat with warmer temperatures and more intense sunlight the soil may dry out too fast for the aloe vera plant to draw in, and it is possible for you to boost the amount of irrigation in order to combat the drying speed in smaller containers.

aloe vera plant on pot stand with other plants

(Read my post about the best way to water Aloe Vera to find out the best way to determine the time when your aloe vera needs to be kept hydrated).

Smaller pots can also encourage the growth of offsets from the aloe vera plant more quickly than larger pots, meaning that you can grow the new aloe plant.

In bigger pots, aloe is more focused on the growth of its root system over the development of its leaves or off sets therefore the aloe vera might seem to grow very slow even if its tiny in a bigger pot because its energy is focused on create the roots system.

Good Drainage in the Base of the Pot

Aloe vera is adaptable , and can thrive in a variety of kinds of pots. Whichever you choose, it is essential to have drainage holes at the base.

If there arent drainage holes in the bottom of the container, water accumulates at the lower part of the pot, which keeps the soil moist around the aloe vera root which encourages root rot, and results in the succulent dying and then re-grow.

A pot that has drainage holes at the base will complement the soil that drains well and is that is used for planting aloe vera in order to replicate the soil conditions that are aerated in the native aloe vera habitat.

The soil that is grittier also stops drainage holes from becoming blocked by compacted soil, which could slow the drainage process.

This will allow the soil to dry out out completely between periods of watering that mimics the pattern of a torrent of rain that is followed by a time of drought that is typical in the natural habitat of aloes.

Beware of this error!

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen when it comes to cultivating aloe vera is selecting the right pot with drainage holes, but placing the pot on a tray or saucer to avoid water spills and allowing the water to collect within the tray or saucer that keeps the roots moist and leads to the aloe dying from root decay.

It is perfectly fine to place an aloe pot with a tray or saucer underneath the aloe pot to prevent the water from spilling, but it must be cleaned regularly to avoid the pot from sitting in a watery pool to prevent root rot, which is the most frequent cause of the aloe vera dying.

Best Material For Aloe Vera Pots

Aloe vera is able to grow in pots made from any kind of material, however certain types of pots are better to grow aloe vera than others.

I have seen aloe vera growing successfully in wood, metal plastic, terracotta, as well as ceramic pots.

But Id advise against planting aloe vera into containers and pots made of metal. Aloe vera prefers to grow in full sunlight and this could heat the pots made of metal until the aloe veras roots may be subject to the heat stress.

It also means you need to be more careful when watering, and finding the right balance between underwatering and overwatering is extremely difficult.

If the aloe suffers from drought stress or heat, the leaves (which hold the water) tend to appear hollow and splay outwards instead of being a plump, lush leaves (Read my article about preventing aloe vera leaves from curving inwards).

Wooden pots, on the other hand are a different issue in that they could hold excessive moisture and make the soil around the roots to damp for aloe to withstand, which could create conditions that cause root rot.

My personal favorites to grow aloe vera include ceramic and terracotta-style pots.

Ceramic pots and Terracotta tend to be more durable and durable than wood or metal (the metal is susceptible to rust, which isnt a good thing from the aloe vera that is growing).

Terracotta and ceramic containers are stronger and dont get hot to the same degree as plastic or metal pots under full sun, which helps in determining the best timing for watering your aloe a little simpler.

Terracotta and ceramic pots are also more breathable and porous (compared with plastic containers that are able to hold water) to permit the soil to dry between periods of watering , which is essential for succulents that are adapted to drought, such as aloe vera.

It is important to note that plastic pots do generally weigh less than ceramic or terracotta pots, which is a good thing when you have an enormous aloe plant you plan to take outside in summer.

Pots made of plastic are economical, sturdy and durable. They also work great for cultivating aloe vera in indoors so long as theyre not too big for an aloe plant (always grow aloe vera in a pot that is proportional in size) are able to drain well at the bottom.

Key Takeaways:

  • The ideal container for the aloe plant is a clay or ceramic pot that is two inches larger than the size of the plant, and has drainage holes at the base. Pots that are smaller in size and proportion in size to that of an aloe vera plant are air-tight, allowing that the plant to dry out effectively between watering sessions.
  • The optimal size for an aloe vera planter is 2 inches bigger than the size currently used for aloe vera. The size of the pot proportional with the dimensions of an aloe vera encourages the growth of aloe vera offshoots, and also allows the soil to dry faster to lessen the chance of root decay.
  • Ceramic and Terracotta pots are ideal for the cultivation of aloe vera because they are more breathable than metal or plastic pots, which aids the aloe veras soil to stay dry between sessions of watering. Metal pots can also get hot when they are in full sunlight, which can cause stress and heat to the roots of aloe vera.
  • The most crucial feature of the aloe vera pot is the drainage hole at the base that allows excess water to flow out of the root. Be sure to keep water from pooling on the root by draining the trays and saucers regularly to avoid root decay.


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