My mom bought me an Aloe plant last summer. It came in a plastic container with pebbles in it, and I haven't messed with it til today because it's starting to grow more than the pot can hold. I was going to use regular potting soul, but luckily I decided to look it up. I've read so many different things and I'm 100% confused!
Later today or tomorrow I will be going to the garden center to buy everything I need, but I want to be sure I don't buy anything I don't need.
First off, my aloe has been sitting in a window for a long time now. I noticed that there are a lot of dried out "leaves" that have fallen off, so I just throw them out. Also, my plant thrives around the edges, but if you look in the middle you can see what looks like the roots.
I have a massive ammount of plastic containers, but I read clay ones are best. Does that really matter? I am not sure how much heavier the Clay pots are than plastic, but I really want to be able to bring it inside when it gets cold. It's been sitting in my bay window during the winter.
Next I need to know what type of soil. I heard that a cactus mix is nice, I also read that mixing sand or pebbles will help make sure the water doesn't soak to prevent rot.
Once I have the soil and the pot, I am wondering if I should try to spread out the plant. All the roots and everything are really tight together from the small pot. Should I try to break some pieces off so when I repot it will be more spread out, or should I leave it exactly how it is?
I'm sorry this is so long, but I have one more question. I found a couple of what I believe are Pup's. If the photos work, I'll post what they look like. I put them in water for a minute and now they're in regular potting soil. I really want to get them into the right type of soil so they can grow, enabling me to give them to my friends as gifts.
Thanks for any and all help!