Plant Care Aloe vera

Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (1322 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 located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.

Plant care guide for Aloe vera in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

31% Very Low

Growing Aloe vera in Baltimore right now

Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Baltimore, Maryland

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 18th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Baltimore is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Baltimore, Maryland

Sunlight will increase by 18.8% ☀️

January 15th, 2022

Baltimore is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to increase by 18.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.4 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Baltimore, Maryland

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 17th, 2022

This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 6.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of da…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

Aloe vera does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Aloe vera

Nutrient needs for plant Aloe vera in Baltimore, Maryland

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 16th, 2022

The growing potential in Baltimore is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to rep…

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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 your location in Baltimore, Maryland, 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 927
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 564
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 312
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 222
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 212
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 128
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 61
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Aloealoe avatar
@Aloealoe
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
01/13/2022

This really is a survivor plant. I didn’t water him for a couple months and he only got a little brown, and surprisingly kept growing. And after I started watering him regularly again, he recovered within a week or so.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Michelle rose avatar
@Michelle rose
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 236 XP
01/12/2022

My Angel, my Aloe Vera plant is growing like a weed. Lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Wow_jinx avatar
@Wow_jinx
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
01/12/2022

not a plant for impatient plant parents, but is great for beginners.

Survivor Survivor
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,070 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
01/11/2022

I love my aloe plants and they grow so fast! It also doesn’t hurt that they have useful medicinal properties. The only thing to watch out for is sun burn. Despite being a succulent these babies will turn orange and wilt if given too much direct sun.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kyle avatar
@Kyle
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 836 XP
01/09/2022

Gifted from a friend and has done amazing ever since!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Subtrop avatar
@Subtrop
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 417 XP
01/08/2022

Needs sun. Don’t over-water

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Taylor avatar
@Taylor
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 200 XP
01/07/2022

Easy to have, don’t over water or things get soggy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Jessieclare avatar
@Jessieclare
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 383 XP
globe Wellington
01/07/2022

Repotted twice in a year, grows 2-3 pups around the base every second month. In succulent soil and probably water once a fortnight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Alyssareagan avatar
@Alyssareagan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 238 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri
01/06/2022

be careful of cuts !

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Soundlycamellia avatar
@Soundlycamellia
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Everett, Washington
01/06/2022

Easy to maintain. Water every 2 weeks. Grows fast and is great for treating burns

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Sizzlinghope avatar
@Sizzlinghope
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 48 XP
globe Georgetown Township, Michigan
01/03/2022

Really hard to kill and super useful

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Manypeanut avatar
@Manypeanut
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 253 XP
12/30/2021

My little Aloe has been with me for two years, starting out from a small two inches tall to over a foot tall and gorgeous. Couldn’t recommend him more, for an easy starter plant and for anyone who forgets to water plants now and then.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Jazlindreal avatar
@Jazlindreal
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 171 XP
12/30/2021

I love Aloe. It’s juice is used for healing & it’s so beautiful.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Grimegirrrl avatar
@Grimegirrrl
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 183 XP
12/30/2021

I love my aloe veras! Sometimes they are finicky to establish when it’s a pup from another plant but one main plant is very easy to deal with.
Water cycle is consistent and they don’t usually complain much if you’re a little off with timing or water amount.
They get BIG and WIDE so much sure you have the space for that!
A very easy plant to love

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantopia avatar
@Plantopia
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Broomfield, Colorado
12/28/2021

Incredible plant, I have had mine for many many years and it is still as healthy as can be. I would recommend this plant to all beginners and people living in harsher conditions.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Mossycabbages avatar
@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,471 XP
12/28/2021

This plant ended up getting damaged when I first got it but I cut off the damaged leaves and it’s put out several new ones in the month or so since! Very easy to care for and very forgiving

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Barrelbaskins avatar
@Barrelbaskins
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Fort White, Florida
12/27/2021

Great for beginners like me!!!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Summerlily07 avatar
@Summerlily07
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 614 XP
12/27/2021

They are extremely resilient and forgiving. And they grow huge just in a few years. Vary rewarding plant. Amazing for beginners

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Annalovesvoting avatar
@Annalovesvoting
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 882 XP
globe Portsmouth, New Hampshire
12/23/2021

One of my favs. My biggest issue is just how large she has gotten!! Blooms pretty regularly, variable colors depending upon the time of year which is fun.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jaroa avatar
@Jaroa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 136 XP
globe Glen Allen, Virginia
12/23/2021

I just love the fact that this is one of the plants I have been able to propagate

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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