Plant Care Broad-leaved aloe

Broad-leaved aloe

4.3 out of 5 (24 experiences)

Broad-leaved aloe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Broad-leaved aloe has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Aloe saponaria, Soap aloe and Zebra aloe


Aloe maculata

How to care for Broad-leaved aloe


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

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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 🚫.

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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.

Water Needs
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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 Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
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
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globe Greensboro, North Carolina

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

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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
Imdancecomander avatar
leaf-1 35 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, Georgia

i luv my aloe thingy!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Carolineczar avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Amherst, Virginia

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
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP

My Broad-Leafed Aloe is the only plant I've been able to keep alive for a prolonged amount of time. About a year-ish I think? I have ADHD and often forget about it and forget to water it for weeks because my brain makes it blend into the rest of the things on my shelf, and it stays strong through it all! i keep him by a north-facing window, on top my snail terrarium, and he seems to enjoy that! :-)
I couldn't find anything to clarify whether or not Broad-Leaf Aloe is non-toxic to animals, but I have a cat who can and does get up to the aloe, and he is often not interested in it past a simple sniff. I don't feel comfortable putting pet friendly as a tag because I'm not entirely sure if it truly is, but it hasn't bothered my cat in any way, nor has my cat bothered it!

Survivor Survivor
Kira avatar
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globe Swanton, Vermont

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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Hayden avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 107 XP

They are tough !!

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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