Plant Care Short-Leaved Aloe

Short-Leaved Aloe

4.6 out of 5 (25 experiences)

Short-Leaved Aloe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Short-Leaved Aloe

Many people are familiar with Aloe vera, but this genus of plants contains tons of other beautiful succulent plants that come in all sorts of colors! Their succulent leaves evolved to store water in dry climates, which makes them a perfect fit if you're a busy plant parent. With great care (and a lot of sunlight) you may even see your Aloe bloom! Their flowers grow out of a large spike and can be shades of red, orange, and yellow. 🔥


Aloe brevifolia

How to care for Short-Leaved Aloe


How often to water your Short-Leaved Aloe

Water needs for Short-Leaved Aloe
0.5 cups
every 12

Short-Leaved Aloe 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 Short-Leaved Aloe

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Short-Leaved Aloe in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Short-Leaved Aloe: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Short-Leaved Aloe love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Short-Leaved Aloe does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Short-Leaved Aloe in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Short-Leaved Aloe

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Short-Leaved Aloe: 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 Short-Leaved Aloe after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Short-Leaved Aloe 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 Short-Leaved Aloe

Short-Leaved Aloe

Short-Leaved Aloe

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Short-Leaved Aloe has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Short-Leaved Aloe has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Urmom154 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 96 XP

They are super easy to take care of. They do need to be turned so each day a new spot is facing the sun. Water every 2-3 weeks and that’s it! ( they like drainage)

@icantwink avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 960 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria

My first plant as a plant mum! And she’s still surviving and thriving… I’ve go on holidays and she’s killed it!

Survivor Survivor
@annaeggs avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 71 XP

I got mine as cuttings off of a friend’s plant. It was tiny and had no root. After a couple weeks with the base in a jar of water, roots has formed and I was able to pot them! Very easy to maintain as I am not good with plants (yet!). Also love that I will eventually be able to use the natural aloe for many purposes!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Skye avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP

It’s really easy to grow, you can leave it for months with very little water and she keeps growing.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Bferreirastark avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 758 XP

Its picky on what its planted in, iv had luck using a 25/25/50 peat moss, tropical soil and coconut shavings. Also my easiest plant

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Plantkiller avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,374 XP
globe Prior Lake, MN

Difficult to care for as very easy to over water

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