Zambia has such a favourable climate that most plants can be planted through the year. In the extreme, heat of October and November or the extreme cold of June and July, extra care would have to be taken to protect sensitive plants.
September is often generally considered a favourable time to begin planting up the in the garden in advance of the December rains. It will however still be quite hot and dry you have to select plants that will be able to survive the next few months of extremely hot weather.
Rainy Season Transition: In many parts of Africa, September marks the transition from the cool season to our spring. Planting during this time takes advantage of the increased warmth in the soil, which helps establish new plants.
Moderate Temperatures: September often brings cooler temperatures compared to the hot summer months. Cooler temperatures are generally more conducive to planting as they reduce the risk of transplant shock and water loss due to evaporation.
Root Growth: Planting aloes in advance of the rainy season allows them to establish their root systems before the next dry season. Adequate root development is essential for plants to access water and nutrients during periods of drought.
Less Heat Stress & Transplant Shock: When transplanting aloes or any plants, they can go through a period of shock as they adapt to the new environment. Planting in September gives the plants a chance to establish themselves before the more extreme heat of the summer months.
Optimal Growing Conditions: Aloes typically thrive in well-draining soil and prefer drier conditions with periodic rain. Planting in September aligns with the seasonal changes in weather patterns, providing a balance between the warmth they need for establishment and the well-draining conditions they prefer.
How to transplant Aloes:
Fortunately, aloes are easy to transplant. Simply remove them from the nursery bag, loosen the roots and plant in the soil. They do grow very healthy root systems so if you are growing them in a pot ensure that there is enough space for the roots to develop well. You will have to repot it after about 3 years.
Different aloes species might have varying preferences for planting times and growing conditions.
If you're unsure about the best time to plant aloes in your area, consider consulting with local gardening experts, horticulturists, or agricultural extension services for region-specific guidance.