How to Grow Aloe Vera Indoors

Overview

The sap from aloe vera plants is widely used to soothe insect bites, mild burns and other skin irritations. Aloe vera is very simple to grow indoors. In fact, unless you live in a climate that is very warm year round, it is preferable to grow them this way. Because the plant contains a lot of water, freezing temperatures and frost can completely destroy it.

Step 1

Obtain an offset from an adult aloe vera plant. Offsets are small growths that are produced around the base of the adult plants. Select one that is at least 2 inches long and slice through it (as close to the base as possible) with a sharp knife.

Step 2

Store the offset in a cool, dry place for several days, until the cut end scabs over. When it dries out and is no longer oozing sap, it is ready to plant.

Step 3

Fill a long planter or pot with 3 to 4 inches of cacti-mix potting soil. Make sure the planter is fairly wide and has a large drainage hole. Aloe vera plants have very shallow root systems, but they need room to branch out.

Step 4

Slide the offset, cut-side down, about 1 inch into the soil and fill in the pot with about another inch of soil. Place the plant in a well-lit, warm area.

Step 5

Soak the aloe vera plant with water, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering it again. Keep the plant on this type of watering schedule. In the summer, it will need more water, but in the winter it may need watering only once every couple of weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Adult aloe vera plant
  • Sharp knife
  • Wide, shallow pot or planter
  • Cacti-mix potting soil

References

  • Backyard gardener
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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.