Plant Care Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

4.7 out of 5 (1359 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, True Aloe and Aloe vera 'hedgehog'

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 Jacksonville, Florida.

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?

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5"
Light

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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 Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

56% Medium

Growing Aloe Vera in Jacksonville right now

Light needs for plant Aloe Vera in Jacksonville, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 29th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Aloe Vera in Jacksonville, Florida

Sunlight will decrease by 21.5% ☀️

November 29th, 2022

Jacksonville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Jacksonville is expected to decrease by 21.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.9 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Aloe Vera in Jacksonville, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

November 27th, 2022

This month, Jacksonville is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of…

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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 🚫.

Jacksonville, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample 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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Aloe Vera is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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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 Jacksonville, Florida, 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 954
Aloe Vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 582
Aloe Vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 317
Aloe Vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 211
Aloe Vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 129
Aloe Vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 65
Aloe Vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Jubjub0000 avatar
@Jubjub0000
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 106 XP
05/23/2022

This is a very reliable plant and a great starter plant. Through a lot of neglect it has stayed true and still grown. It started out as a small succulent and is a perfect plant to start off with!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Mentorskypilot avatar
@Mentorskypilot
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 571 XP
globe Madison, AL
04/07/2022

Easy to grow, does not require a lot of care, has medicinal qualities!!

Mentorskypilot avatar
@Mentorskypilot
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 571 XP
globe Madison, AL
04/07/2022

Easy to grow, does not require a lot of care, has medicinal qualities!!

Therapyhobby avatar
@Therapyhobby
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 287 XP
04/05/2022

This plant was a gift from my sisters teacher as a baby aloe. My mom is not good with plants and he was dying so I swooped in and took care of him. He's grown so much and has given me many baby's even though he is a bit neglected, I have since paid more attention and he is doing great!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 601 XP
04/02/2022

It is fragile, needs perfect draining, bent leaves should be taken off, useful; don’t go ripping off leaves just to use them, aloe can also not sit out in a cup for long without liquidating

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Evlikesplants avatar
@Evlikesplants
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 2,254 XP
globe Broomfield, CO
03/26/2022

I love this plant, just remember to water it every now and then, put it in a bright window, and it will thrive. Also, for reference, I have had my Aloe Vera for five years now, him being my first and oldest plant ever.

Survivor Survivor
Crazyplantlady7 avatar
@Crazyplantlady7
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 669 XP
03/21/2022

Aloe Vera leaves are very useful.

Survivor Survivor
Spiffyham avatar
@Spiffyham
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,034 XP
globe Detroit, MI
03/09/2022

It grows so fast!! After a few months of having it, I had to repot ❤️ such a great plant to have. Mine just had a baby, i named her Jackie 🥳

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Loveseasyplants avatar
@Loveseasyplants
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 87 XP
03/08/2022

Aloe plants, like single moms, thrive on neglect. They look cool, are hard to kill if you leave them alone, AND they are immediately ready to apply to burns or facial treatments. They’re awesomesauce!!!

Survivor Survivor
Rileyd.789 avatar
@Rileyd.789
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 274 XP
03/06/2022

Easy to take care of, even I can keep it alive and I have a bad track record with plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Elethhst avatar
@Elethhst
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 116 XP
02/26/2022

Grows fast, don’t owerwater, keep away from pets.

Fast grower Fast grower
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,923 XP
globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

Easy plant to care for like most succulents only water when soil is dry.

Survivor Survivor
Rachelyork avatar
@Rachelyork
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe Concord, AR
02/21/2022

Don’t overwater this poor baby! Once a week is usually sufficient! I love that in larger plants, it propagates on its own and is simple to remove the new plants into another container! I occasionally feed mine leftover plain coffee watered down, and it seems to help it grow larger. I have an enormous outdoor planter with an aloe that’s so large that it’s falling over. I’ve cut it back and reported at least three times in the past four or five years!!

Nightphoenix avatar
@Nightphoenix
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 87 XP
globe Knoxville, TN
02/19/2022

Numerous medicinal and cosmetic uses for the goo inside. Super easy to keep alive.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mandysr avatar
@Mandysr
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 305 XP
globe Allendale Charter Township, MI
02/04/2022

Not safe for pets!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Rania avatar
@Rania
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 28 XP
02/03/2022

Cold weather and snow light free

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Sarahsalith avatar
@Sarahsalith
leaf-1 456 Plants
xp 201,665 XP
globe Memphis, TN
02/02/2022

* This plant sits in a west-facing window sill in a small terracotta pot. I water it about every 15 days or so.*

This plant is not one of my favorites. It's just an aloe. I can't remember how I acquired it, but it's been hanging out in my window sill for years now. One daughter says they are good to eat (yuck). One daughter says they are good for her skin (okay). I keep my plant out of reach of my daughters.

Word to the wise: DO. NOT. OVERWATER. EVER.

Aloealoe avatar
@Aloealoe
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 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 13 Plants
xp 950 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
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

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