The ideal plant soil to grow indoors is designed succulent and cacti potting dirt that is made up of inorganic materials with different particle sizes that allow the water to drain quickly and reduce compaction around the roots. Cacti and succulent soils recreate the ideal soil conditions of the aloe vera’s natural habitat.
The right Aloe Vera’s soil must be a good complement to the watering methods and the aloe vera must always be planted into pots that have drainage holes at the base to ensure the proper equilibrium of dry and moist for aloe vera to flourish.
Continue reading to learn more about the best potting soil for your garden and the reasons why you shouldn’t be growing aloe vera in normal potting soil, and how to prevent root rot in the aloe plant…
What Kind of Soil Does Aloe Vera Need?
Aloe vera, a type of succulent that is adaptable to drought-like conditions in their native habitat in the Arabian peninsula.
Within their habitat, aloe vera thrives in grippy soils that drain well and don’t hold a lot of water. They allow the excess water to evaporate to ensure that their roots don’t get sitting in boggy soil.
Because of the adaptability of aloe vera to dry conditions, they are particularly susceptible to root rot, which results from overwatering and placing aloe vera in the potting mix which retains excessive moisture around the roots.
To cultivate aloe vera in pots, it is essential to mimic the soil conditions of aloe’s natural habitat by using greater amounts of inorganic matter (grit) than organic matter (compost).
Aloe vera is best planted in a specially designed succulents and cacti, gritty pots that mimic the ideal soil conditions for succulents.
A succulent soil mix that is gritty is a well-aerated, porous structure that permits rainwater to get into the root of the aloe vera plant and but also to drain efficiently which greatly reduces the chance of root rot. It also reduces some of the risk from excessive watering while retaining the proper amount of aloe vera’s nutrients. requires.
Aloe vera isn’t an extremely heavy feeder. It is a slow-growing plant that is solid and healthy in full sun , so it isn’t required to add an additional feed to boost the soil’s nutrients.
Do Not Plant Aloe Vera in Peat Soil
Do not plant the aloe plant (or any other succulent) in the potting soil which contains peat moss.
The aloe plant requires that the soil dry between periods of irrigation to create the cycle of moisture in their natural habitat to ensure the health of the plant and to prevent root decay.
When peat soil is dried out completely , it bakes and turns water-resistant (repels water) that results in water flowing across the surface of the soil, and then into the sides of your pot, and then out of the drainage holes, without reaching the aloe vera’s root.
The roots aren’t getting any moisture even after being watered and results in the aloe vera being able to be affected by the effects of drought ( the aloe vera leaves become thin and then curl upwards).
Cacti and succulent soil nevertheless, has a porous and open-structure even after it is completely dry due to the massive particles of soil mix. This lets the water reach the roots and ensures that the aloe vera remains well-hydrated and has thick, large leaves.
Can you use Regular Potting Soil for Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is specifically designed to thrive in sandy soils. Therefore, regular pots are not suitable to grow aloe vera. The typical potting soil holds too much moisture for aloe vera’s roots.
Typically , when aloe vera is planted in a normal potting soil and the aloe leaves begin to change color and yellow, which is a sign of stress caused by humid conditions, and then eventually die from root rot.
(If the leaves of your aloe vera have begun to turn yellow or brown, plant it in a new pot and read my article on on how to revive an Aloe Vera flower to find the answer).
If you don’t have access to succulent or cacti soil, the best option is to plant the aloe plant in regular peat-free pots, and amend by perlite or grit, or sand.
Perlite and horticultural grit are superior fertilizer for soils of aloe than sand because they possess greater particle sizes that is similar to the aloe vera’s preferential sandy soil, with greater precision creating a sloping structure , and providing good drainage.
To ensure the proper amount of drainage for your aloe vera plant to avoid root rot, ensure that the mix contains at minimum one part of potting soil for each part of horticultural gritty.
This will ensure that the soil not only drains efficiently, but also does not retain as much water for too long in order to reduce the chance of root rot, and also to duplicate the lower nutrients of the native aloe vera soil.
Potting Soil, Drainage of Pots and Watering
The most crucial factors to keeping aloe vera in good health as well as free from root rot is:
- The right kind of potting soil.
- How often do you water the aloe vera.
- Growing Aloe vera seeds in pots that have drainage holes at the base.
The right soil to plant indoor aloe vera is vital to ensure the plant’s health and work in conjunction by using good watering techniques and planting aloe vera in pots that have drainage holes at the base.
The most effective way to prevent root decay and keep your aloe healthy is to use the correct soil for potting, but it is crucial to only apply water to your aloe vera once the soil in your potting plant is completely dry.
The soil should be allowed to dry completely before watering it with a deep soak mimics the conditions of water in their natural environment. It also keep the leaves of aloe vera full and healthy (read my article on on how you can water your aloe vera).
To determine if the soil is dry you need to feel the soil, and the base of the pot. This is the drainage holes in the base. If the soil remains damp, then wait for a few days or more. If the soil is dry, it is the ideal moment to water.
A pot that has drainage holes allows excess water to drain out of the soil of the pot and flow out freely, so that soil surrounding the root have the chance to dry properly between watering sessions.
(Read my post on selecting the most effective containers for the aloe plant.).
- The most suitable potting soil to use indoors is succulent and Cacti-based potting mix that mimics the aloe vera’s preferred soil conditions, allowing for excellent drainage, air circulation around the roots, and providing the proper amount of nutrients to allow aloe vera to flourish in indoor pots.
- Don’t plant aloe vera the ordinary potting soil because it holds too much moisture for aloe vera plant to tolerate. The soil used for potting does not drain well enough to allow for the aloe vera, which is susceptible to root rot because it has too much water around the roots.
- Don’t plant the aloe vera species in soil that is peat-based as it bakes when dry as it causes the water to flow across the surface of the soil, and it is a result that the water does not get to the roots, where it is needed.
- Plant aloe vera in a well draining, gritty soil, which is a replica of the soil of their native habitat. Allow for the soil to dry out between watering sessions and then plant the aloe vera plant in a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom.