Plant Care Aloe vera
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Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (1186 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 Los Angeles, California.

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 Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

81% High

Growing Aloe vera in Los Angeles right now

Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Los Angeles, California

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 17th, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Los Angeles is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Los Angeles, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 27.9% ☀️

October 16th, 2021

Los Angeles is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Los Angeles is expected to decrease by 27.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.8 megajoules of energy pe…

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Los Angeles, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

October 17th, 2021

This month, Los Angeles is getting an average of 11.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours o…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Los Angeles, California ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Aloe vera thrive 🌿!

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 Los Angeles, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

October 15th, 2021

The growing potential in Los Angeles is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot…

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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 Los Angeles, California, 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 829
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 503
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 282
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 207
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 191
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 118
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 55
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 25
Tinyplantmom avatar
@Tinyplantmom
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Fort Myers, Florida
10/13/2021

Aloe Vera are such great plants to have. They are easy to care for and propagate. They have amazing health and healing properties and smell great too. They grow fast and are not a problem for homes with animals.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Michelle avatar
@Michelle
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 207 XP
globe Fayetteville, North Carolina
10/12/2021

I moved my plants in different places to assure they are getting good light and hydration. Aloe Vera is delicate and she doesn’t like to be moved too much. So I promised myself I wouldn’t move it again. She is happy, now!

Survivor Survivor
Esperaqua avatar
@Esperaqua
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP
globe Grand Ledge, Michigan
10/10/2021

Aloe doesn’t take much special care. It will keep going and growing even with a little neglect.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Faithiweddle avatar
@Faithiweddle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 228 XP
globe Lowestoft, England
10/10/2021

We got Sid from a car boot sale and he’s thriving! He keeps popping out little babies that are easy to pluck out of the soil and repot. We have 2 babies on the go currently!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mjohnson avatar
@Mjohnson
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Birmingham, Alabama
10/07/2021

rats

Survivor Survivor
Michaela avatar
@Michaela
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 373 XP
globe Joplin, Missouri
10/06/2021

I love my aloe vera plants, they are all around very easy to care for.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Hoogabooga avatar
@Hoogabooga
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Saint John, New Brunswick
10/06/2021

Girlfrond

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@Bethanywilgus
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Fairborn, Ohio
10/04/2021

It’s so pretty and definitely a staple in the house.

Survivor Survivor
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@R_l15748
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 702 XP
10/03/2021

Fast multiplayer and great if you forget to water

Survivor Survivor
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@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 323 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/01/2021

Gorgeous and aloe can be used! Easy to care for

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Yami avatar
@Yami
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 67 XP
09/29/2021

It’s not only a plant but it’s a very good for acne and sun burns also if you have cats they might be addicted to chewing on your plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Alicek avatar
@Alicek
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Booneville, Mississippi
09/29/2021

aloe vera is good for medicinal purposes and it’s so cute!!

Survivor Survivor
Annaloohoo avatar
@Annaloohoo
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 89 XP
09/28/2021

Do not overwater. Be careful

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Robyn avatar
@Robyn
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
09/26/2021

Really struggled to keep my last aloe Vera alive, fingers crossed this ones okay!

Gigi7118 avatar
@Gigi7118
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 88 XP
09/26/2021

idk she’s just resilient. She’s working on growing up and no longer leaning to one side. Go keeley

Makaylagal avatar
@Makaylagal
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 630 XP
09/25/2021

Aloe is very useful and low maintenance.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Leiloojustine avatar
@Leiloojustine
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 458 XP
globe Kingman, Arizona
09/25/2021

easy care! lovely to propagate bcs it grows babies around in the soil. loves sun, so perfect to put anywhere near windows. loves water as well! survives so nicely in the mohave lol

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Sultry avatar
@Sultry
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 136 XP
globe Richardson, Texas
09/19/2021

Easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Luke avatar
@Luke
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Palm Harbor, Florida
09/18/2021

It’s good

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Nellbell85 avatar
@Nellbell85
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 476 XP
globe Boulder, Colorado
09/17/2021

I love this aloe plant! It’s actually 3 in a pot together. It’s very resilient & I use it to help skin issues of all kinds (sunburn, bug bites, etc). It’s so cute & a wonderful addition.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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