Plant Care Broad-Leaved Aloe

Broad-Leaved Aloe

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About Broad-Leaved Aloe

Many people are familiar with Aloe vera, but this genus of plants contains tons of other beautiful succulent plants that come in all sorts of colors! Their succulent leaves evolved to store water in dry climates, which makes them a perfect fit if you're a busy plant parent. With great care (and a lot of sunlight) you may even see your Aloe bloom! Their flowers grow out of a large spike and can be shades of red, orange, and yellow. 🔥


Aloe maculata

Also known as

Aloe saponaria, Soap Aloe and Zebra Aloe

How to care for Broad-Leaved Aloe

💦 Water

How often to water your Broad-Leaved Aloe

Water needs for Broad-Leaved Aloe
0.5 cups
every 12

Broad-Leaved 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 Broad-Leaved Aloe

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Broad-Leaved Aloe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Broad-Leaved Aloe: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Broad-Leaved Aloe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Broad-Leaved Aloe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Broad-Leaved Aloe

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Broad-Leaved 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 Broad-Leaved Aloe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Broad-Leaved Aloe is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Broad-Leaved Aloe →

Common Broad-Leaved Aloe Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Broad-Leaved Aloe thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Water Frequency →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Broad-Leaved Aloe requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Light Requirements →

Broad-Leaved Aloe Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Broad-Leaved Aloe is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Broad-Leaved Aloe enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Broad-Leaved Aloe is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Broad-Leaved Aloe →

When and How to Successfully Repot Broad-Leaved Aloe →

💩 Fertilizer

Broad-Leaved Aloe should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Broad-Leaved Aloe →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Broad-Leaved Aloe to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Broad-Leaved Aloe is native to Southern Africa to India.

🌸 Flowers

Broad-Leaved Aloe produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Broad-Leaved Aloe grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Broad-Leaved Aloe can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Broad-Leaved Aloe Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Broad-Leaved Aloe can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Broad-Leaved Aloe →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Broad-Leaved Aloe. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Broad-Leaved Aloe

Broad-Leaved Aloe

Broad-Leaved 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.

What other plant parents say

Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 17
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Broad-Leaved Aloe has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@JferLuvsConifers avatar
leaf-1 73 Plants
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globe Greensboro, NC

Hanging in there. Doesn’t take much work, doesn’t need much. Cute and pretty.

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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Winnipeg, Manitoba

This plant was forgiving after a cold winter with almost no light. Stayed alive after a very new plant parent overwatered it, without giving it time to dry out. I started bottom watering not too long ago and it seems to be doing a lot better, cat and dogs don’t seem too interested in it so I haven’t seen leaf damage as much as the rest, I do recommend this little guy:)

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 38 Plants
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globe Jaraíz de la Vera, Extremadura

This Aloe Dannyz is so beautiful and will thank you with lots of props that’ll come put of its base, more aloe to enjoy!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@merp avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Marietta, GA

i luv my aloe thingy!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@carolineczar avatar
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globe Frederick, MD

Fast grower but the leaves brown very easily. Probably just because it’s preparing for new growth. But my little plant has been a fighter since I forget to water him a LOT.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Kira avatar
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globe Swanton, VT

very nice and simple starter plant! just make sure not to overwater them as it might die that way!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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Hayden avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 107 XP

They are tough !!

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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