Aloe Vera Repotting - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, AZ
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Question by majik8
September 27, 1999
Is an Aloe Vera plant considered a cactus/succulent and what type of soil should I use to replant it?

Answer from NGA
September 27, 1999
Any type of aloe, including an aloe vera, is considered a succulent plant, but it is not a cactus. (Cactus are also considered to be succulents. But cactus and aloe are each a distinct genus.)

Like cactus, aloe vera like a well-draining soil. However, it is not a terribly fussy plant, so you can use any good potting soil, mixed with about 1/4 perlite or pumice to improve drainage. Or, if you can find potting soil specifically formulated for cactus, that would also be good. Thanks for writing!

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