If you have been given an Aloe that has been dug out of the ground, do leave it on top of the soil so that the roots can dry out for at least a week.When planting some of the old roots should be visible above the ground so don't plant it too deep. Water well after planting and then wait 3 weeks in summer and 2 months in winter before watering again. If your Aloe is not making progress dig it up carefully and leave it in the shade of a tree, lying on its side for a month before replanting. Don't plant it too deep and don't over water. Follow the watering guidelines.