Aloe Vera Planting Instructions

Overview

Aloe vera plants are an ideal addition to any landscape, owing to their medicinal properties, attractive orange flowers and low-maintenance qualities. Particularly in dry, hot climates, aloe is utilized often for landscaping. Grow this plant indoors or outdoors, but it does best outdoors in the ground or in planter pots (as long as frost danger has passed).

Step 1

Obtain a cutting of aloe vera from an existing mature plant, as this is the easiest way to plant aloe vera. Look at the smaller leaves around the outside base of a mature aloe plant. Carefully pull one away from the plant and wrap in a damp cloth until you are ready to plant it.

Step 2

Prepare the planting soil for the aloe vera, whether in the ground or planter pot. Choose fast-draining soil from a local nursery. Add an inch layer of small rocks at the bottom of the planting hole or pot to increase draining.

Step 3

Plant your aloe vera cutting at a site that receives indirect bright light, or in a planter pot that can be transported to such a spot. Carefully place the wider part of the aloe vera cutting into the soil. Set about 1/2 inch down in the soil and water generously. Within a couple weeks the plant will be growing noticeably.

Step 4

Water your aloe vera plant according to the season and weather. In winter the plant is dormant so it needs watering every couple of weeks. This goes whether your plant is indoors or outdoors. On hot days outdoors, water the aloe plant once or twice a week. If you are overwatering or underwatering your plant, the leaves will turn yellow or brown and shrivel.

Tips and Warnings

  • You don't want aloe vera plants in full sunlight as it will burn them and turn the plant brown.

References

  • The Garden Helper: Aloe Vera
  • Suite101: Growing Aloe Vera
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