Plant Care Aloe vera
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Aloe vera

4.7 out of 5 (1198 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 Orlando, 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?

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 Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Growing Aloe vera in Orlando right now

Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Orlando, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 21st, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Orlando, Florida

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 23.8% ☀️

October 21st, 2021

Orlando is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Orlando is expected to decrease by 23.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Aloe vera in Orlando, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

October 21st, 2021

This month, Orlando is getting an average of 9.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of dayl…

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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 Orlando, Florida ☀️.

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 Orlando, Florida

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

October 21st, 2021

The growing potential in Orlando 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 any…

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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 Orlando, 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 838
Aloe vera has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 508
Aloe vera has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 285
Aloe vera has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 209
Aloe vera has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 193
Aloe vera has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 121
Aloe vera has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 56
Aloe vera has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 26
Jordan avatar
@Jordan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 115 XP
10/21/2021

Aloe Vera is great for sunburns, acne, and skin in general. However, the plant is harder to take care of than you think.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Evie avatar
@Evie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Corby, England
10/20/2021

I HATE IT I HATE IT ITS SO DRAMATIC i swear you water it 1ml too much and it gets root rot and then if you water it 1ml too little it dies of thirst. 0/10 experience never again.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Raffaella avatar
@Raffaella
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Montréal, Québec
10/20/2021

Doesn't needuch attention

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Ricky avatar
@Ricky
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 35 XP
globe Nampa, Idaho
10/19/2021

It’s friggen cute

Atomxtra avatar
@Atomxtra
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 30 XP
globe Walsall, England
10/18/2021

Easy maintenance

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Rhe.phillips01 avatar
@Rhe.phillips01
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 689 XP
globe Oromocto, New Brunswick
10/18/2021

Really easy plant to take care of especially if you’re looking for something low maintenance

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Jcvc10 avatar
@Jcvc10
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Des Plaines, Illinois
10/18/2021

ignored him for so long but he’s still living

Survivor Survivor
Tinyplantmom avatar
@Tinyplantmom
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 61 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 245 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 481 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 84 XP
globe Saint John, New Brunswick
10/06/2021

Girlfrond

Bethanywilgus avatar
@Bethanywilgus
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 121 XP
globe Fairborn, Ohio
10/04/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 749 XP
10/03/2021

Fast multiplayer and great if you forget to water

Survivor Survivor
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 354 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 63 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 2 Plants
xp 90 XP
09/28/2021

Do not overwater. Be careful

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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