Plant Care Aloe vera
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Aloe vera

4.8 out of 5 (137 experiences)

Aloe vera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Barbados Aloe and Burn Aloe

Taxonomy

Aloe vera
Aloe
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Aloe vera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 100
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 45
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 35
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 22
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Ovenbernt avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Walt by Ovenbernt on Greg, the plant care app
03/07/2021

Aloe is amazing! I got this one several years ago, then almost never watered it. Yeah, its leaves could probably be a bit more full. But at some point in the last few months I got a full-blown pup! T…

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Missuscox87 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Kim Aloe by Missuscox87 on Greg, the plant care app
02/13/2021

Aloe is a great plant to keep around. They are appealing but also great for first aid! They grow big with almost no water, and are pretty resilient. I water mine once a month during winter and maybe …

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Msruiz avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Lindsey by Msruiz on Greg, the plant care app
03/18/2021

If you don't know about the aloe I'll tell you but most people already know about this type of plant you can use it for almost anything your hair your skin you bruising your cuts and also in some foo…

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Randolph, WI
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Attis by Summeralyssa2 on Greg, the plant care app
04/17/2021

I’ve had my aloe vera for a little over a year now and i love it! i’ve used it a few times for sunburns and it works really nice. It does seem to take a while to grow, but overall it’s a really nice …

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@Zay
Albuquerque, NM
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Darwin by Zay on Greg, the plant care app
02/27/2021

Aloe Vera is one of those must have houseplants for every home—As long as you have a sunny window seal or lanai for it to soak up the sun. Aside from light, Aloe Vera is one of my least demanding pla…

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@Tatenewman14
Denver, CO
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Aloe You Vera Much by Tatenewman14 on Greg, the plant care app
04/12/2021

I killed my aloe, not sure how... it was going great till it wasn’t. I think it happened when we got a horribly cold, lethal to plants blizzard and it shocked her. Trying to propagate what leaves I …

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@Sharon
Austin, TX
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Halo by Sharon on Greg, the plant care app
04/05/2021

Everyone needs an aloe Vera to feel good about their gardening skills! They grows fast in the right condition but will prevail even if the environment is not the best. I got mine when it was like 4 i…

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San Marcos, TX
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named roin by Stardust_angell on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

it’s a really easy plant to take care of and it will last you a long time and you can use it for the actual aloe inside of it for burns and stuff overall it’s a really nice plant especially for a fir…

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@Boyxpolaris
Savona, NY
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named elizabeth by Boyxpolaris on Greg, the plant care app
02/19/2021

i 100% neglected my aloe for an entire YEAR and she managed to survive. no water or anything. started giving her proper care after i got out of my slump and she began to bloom and grow like crazy.

Emily avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Aloe You by Emily on Greg, the plant care app
02/23/2021

This big boi is so convenient to have around for a klutz like me. If a leaf falls off or breaks, put it into your freezer to use on cuts/burns on a later date. Grows quickly for a succulent.

How to care for Aloe vera

Water

How often to water your Aloe vera

Water needs for Aloe vera
0.5 cups
every 12

Aloe vera 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 Aloe vera

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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 Aloe vera in your home

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

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

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

Aloe vera does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Aloe vera

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

Care Summary for Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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