Plant Care Aloe vera

Aloe vera

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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.

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

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.

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💡 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!

Benefits of Growing Aloe vera →

Common Aloe vera Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Aloe vera thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Aloe vera Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Aloe vera requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Aloe vera Light Requirements →

Aloe vera Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Aloe vera is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Aloe vera is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Aloe vera Toxicity to Dogs →

Aloe vera Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Aloe vera enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Aloe vera Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Aloe vera is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Aloe vera →


💩 Fertilizer

Aloe vera should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Aloe vera to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Aloe vera is native to Southern Africa to India.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Aloe vera bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Aloe vera grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Aloe vera →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Aloe vera can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Aloe vera Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Aloe vera can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Aloe vera. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


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 949
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 580
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 314
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 210
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 127
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 65
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
@Jubjub0000 avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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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
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@MentorSkypilot avatar
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globe Madison, AL
04/07/2022

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

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globe Madison, AL
04/07/2022

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

@TherapyHobby avatar
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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 938 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
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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
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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03/21/2022

Aloe Vera leaves are very useful.

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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
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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
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03/06/2022

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

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

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

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@Yvette avatar
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globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

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

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@Rachelyork avatar
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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!!

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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
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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
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02/03/2022

Cold weather and snow light free

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@sarahsalith avatar
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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.

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leaf-1 2 Plants
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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 14 Plants
xp 1,823 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
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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01/12/2022

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

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