Plant Care Aloe vera

Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (1261 experiences)

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

About Aloe vera

Sunburnt folks around the world turn to Aloe to soothe their skin, but did you know humans have been using Aloe for almost 4,000 years? 🤯

Beyond sunburns, Aloe vera gel is known for soothing a variety of ailments such as wounds, skin infections, hair loss, eczema, and more. Aloe was known worldwide for its healing properties and became a skin care staple across ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Babylonia, and China. 🧴

Aloe is a sun-loving plant that evolved in the deserts of the Arabian peninsula. They’ve developed many clever tricks that help protect them from the harsh rays of the sun, many of which help soothe us as well! 😎

Taxonomy

Aloe vera
Aloe
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

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

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

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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 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 region 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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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.

What other plant parents say

Aloe vera has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 881
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 528
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 294
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 216
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 200
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 123
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 58
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Thatplanthoe avatar
@Thatplanthoe
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 44 XP
12/02/2021

Yasss love it💚💚💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,120 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

Super easy.

Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,120 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

Very easy plant. Doesn’t need a lot of attention.

Tasteofvanilla0 avatar
@Tasteofvanilla0
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
11/27/2021

It’s a slow grower but it’s nice.

Survivor Survivor
Delaine avatar
@Delaine
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Tuscaloosa, Alabama
11/23/2021

I’m still new to this variety of aloe, but I recommend branching out to the unfamiliar and unusual.

Reba avatar
@Reba
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 470 XP
11/21/2021

Patrick the Aloe is very low maintenance. Give him full sun and a regular watering routine and blamO- he happy and growin’.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,712 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

Not pet friendly!

Survivor Survivor
Leepa avatar
@Leepa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Springfield, Missouri
11/11/2021

It take almost nothing to kill this plant in regards to water. I have yet to see one that doesn’t have root rot when you get it & it’s almost impossible to bring them back after root rot.

Poppy_plantmom avatar
@Poppy_plantmom
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 60 XP
globe Kansas City, Missouri
11/10/2021

Easy to take care of make sure soil is most but not wet do not under or over water

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Kellyann91 avatar
@Kellyann91
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 181 XP
globe Clute, Texas
11/08/2021

Simple beautiful and sturdy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sunny_plantmom avatar
@Sunny_plantmom
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Kansas City, Missouri
11/08/2021

It is very good and pretty and for awhile it wasn’t taking care of very well but I was able to bring it back!

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Thomas avatar
@Thomas
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 55 XP
globe Longwood, South Australia
11/07/2021

Easy

Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,027 XP
globe New York
11/05/2021

He’s perfect, doesn’t take much to please him. Definitely easy to maintain and he doesn’t grow super quickly but enough to make you feel like you’re doing a good job.

Survivor Survivor
Cschind2 avatar
@Cschind2
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 533 XP
11/03/2021

Great for beginners

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Allieswateringlife avatar
@Allieswateringlife
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 127 XP
10/31/2021

Very easy to take care of and very, very pretty! Their thick, unique build is quite unmatched and plus, I don’t have to buy aloe gel when I get sunburnt (i think).

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Avaroni avatar
@Avaroni
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 87 XP
10/29/2021

a trouper survived a move from vermont to mass and living in a dorm bathroom!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Lyss_marie avatar
@Lyss_marie
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 279 XP
10/28/2021

This cactus is not only easy to care for but very useful. When I get sun burn, I just cut a bit off and use the aloe on it.

Survivor Survivor
Michelle avatar
@Michelle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 106 XP
10/28/2021

You’ll know it’s growing because of the light green from the base of the leaf

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Nikki2 avatar
@Nikki2
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 2,940 XP
globe Woolwich Township, New Jersey
10/24/2021

Pretty easy plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jordan avatar
@Jordan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 115 XP
10/21/2021

Aloe Vera is great for sunburns, acne, and skin in general. However, the plant is harder to take care of than you think.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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