How to Care for Aloe

Overview

Aloe vera is a succulent plant best known for its medicinal qualities. The leaves of aloe contain a gel which can be used for treating burns, rashes and cuts on the skin. For this reason, many people want to have an aloe plant in their home. Like most succulents, aloe vera plants require much different care than most other plants. As long as the proper conditions are provided for an aloe plant, they can survive for several years.

Step 1

Give the aloe vera plant a wide, shallow pot that has a mixture of two parts potting soil to one part loam. If you bought the plant already grown from a garden store, then it likely already has the proper soil conditions.

Step 2

Place the plant in a sunny window. Aloe vera is native to hot climates, so the more sun it gets, the healthier it will be.

Step 3

Water the plant at least once per week during spring and summer months. A general rule of thumb to go by is to fully saturate the soil with water and then wait until it dries out before you water it again.

Step 4

Water the plant less frequently during the cold winter and fall months. Like most other cacti, aloe vera is dormant during winter, so they require less water. Moisten the soil, rather than soak it, and wait until it dries out before you water it again.

Step 5

Pull out new aloe plants if they begin to grow in the pot. It is likely that new plants will begin to grow around the base of the mature plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Loam
  • Water

References

  • TheGardenHelper.com: Aloe Vera
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