Plant Care Aloe vera
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Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (1125 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 788
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 475
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 263
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 197
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 176
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 113
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 52
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 24
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, Illinois
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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_gnomad avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Princess Vera by _gnomad on Greg, the plant care app
08/21/2021

Under the right conditions (lighting, temperature, water quality) my Princess has been steadily growing new leaves. So much so, that we are moving up to a new pot size after a year. I mainly have her…

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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, California
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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Smegma avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Bichael by Smegma on Greg, the plant care app
08/23/2021

My absolute unit of an Aloe Vera has stuck through thick and thin. The only survivor of a recent heatwave out of all of my plants, and it’s doing better than ever. Flourishing gloriously and growing …

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@Jessica
Las Vegas, Nevada
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, Minnesota
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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@Rachel
Ridgefield, Washington
Rating of the plant Aloe vera named Aloe Jones by Rachel on Greg, the plant care app
09/15/2021

There are so many cool varieties of this succulent staple. Make sure you get one that already has pups if you want to propagate. I bought one and waited two years before I realized it was the cultiva…

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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 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.

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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