Plant Care Aloe vera
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Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (927 experiences)

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

Also known as

Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, Coral Fire, Aloe 'coral fire' and True aloe

Taxonomy

Aloe vera
Aloe
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Aloe vera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 656
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 389
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 222
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 155
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 136
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 97
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 37
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 18
Plantmumemxo avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named allan by Plantmumemxo on Greg, the plant care app
05/28/2021

Aloe IMO is the BEST plant for “beginner” plant parents. I swear to you that these plants are almost IMPOSSIBLE to kill. To elaborate, I once had a fairly large aloe plant that lived with me in my ba…

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@Fenix_xtina
Chicago, IL
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Alo-Baby by Fenix_xtina on Greg, the plant care app
04/24/2021

I planted my Aloe’s from seeds that I purchased at Target and some at Walgreens. I wasn’t so optimistic and didn’t think they’d grow, but they did. The first batch of seeds only 1 of them germinated …

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Plantbased93 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Aloisa by Plantbased93 on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

Aloes are super easy to take care of. Although they thrive on direct sunlight, my experience tells me that they do better on very bright, indirect sunlight. Whatever floats your boat I guess. Water? …

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Abtheplantmom avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Violet by Abtheplantmom on Greg, the plant care app
06/06/2021

I love my Aloe Plant. If your thinking of getting one do it. My aloe plant has fallen over from a good distance and it’s still alive. My aloe was the first plant I’ve owned my first one died due from…

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@Zoeeoee
Santa Clarita, CA
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Shakira by Zoeeoee on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

Shakira was shriveled, pinkish brown, and on the brink of death when I started taking care of it. My mom left it to me and all I can say is that within a day of repotting and some water it made an am…

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@Jessica
Las Vegas, NV
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Your plant by Jessica on Greg, the plant care app
05/09/2021

Such a great plant for a beginner, one of my first plants. You don’t need to water it much, every two weeks. When I first got a baby aloe I gave it too much direct sun and it turned red however it bo…

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Chisholm, MN
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Zion by Diamondsnfurs on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

A friend bought this for me to have aloe vera available to put on sunburned skin during summer since both my daughter and I have very fair skin. So far it’s stood up to my abuse quite decent and seem…

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Jen avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Bob the aloe father by Jen on Greg, the plant care app
07/02/2021

As one of my first plants it survived the 1st great man made drought that killed most of my other plants. Before the great plant reckoning, my friend told me to only water once every week, but as a n…

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Rebecca avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Aloey by Rebecca on Greg, the plant care app
04/21/2021

Been wanting to own and grow and aloe for such a long time. I tried growing them from seeds but they never make it. The next day after my last seedling died I found this one on my street in dire situ…

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@Lynnec222
East Providence, RI
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Fertile Myrtle by Lynnec222 on Greg, the plant care app
04/29/2021

Everyone should have an Aloe Vera for its medicinal properties. The gel inside the leaves heals burns faster than anything else. Even if you aren’t a plant person, keep one of these on your kitchen w…

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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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