Plant Care False Aloe

False Aloe

About False Aloe

False Aloe is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

False Aloe likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

False Aloe belongs to the Agave genus, and is native to the United States.


Agave virginica

Also known as

Rattlesnake master and Virginia agave

How to care for False Aloe


How often to water your False Aloe

Water needs for False Aloe
0.5 cups
every 12

False Aloe needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of False Aloe

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for False Aloe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant False Aloe: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

False Aloe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

False Aloe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of False Aloe in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize False Aloe

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for False Aloe: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your False Aloe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

False Aloe is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for False Aloe

False Aloe

False Aloe

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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