How to Grow an Aloe Vera Plant


Aloe vera is a well-known plant for its benefits, ranging from treating burns or insect bites to culinary tastes, and easy-to-maintain nature. Aloe vera plants can be grown indoors or outdoors; however, they do best when they are grown outdoors, either in a planter or directly in the ground.

Step 1

Plant an aloe vera plant in an area that has indirect bright light, so it is in partial sun and shade. If they are kept in direct sunlight constantly, they will quickly turn brown and wither. Aloe vera transplants are the best way to grow aloe vera.

Step 2

Make sure the plant is in a quick draining soil, such as sandy, loamy soil. Mix the soil with small rocks to help aid this process. Aloe vera can get stem rot easily, which occurs when the succulent is overwatered and cannot get enough oxygen by the roots.

Step 3

Water the plant sparingly if you live in a moderate climate. For hotter or very dry climates, water it once or twice a week. For cooler climates, water it every 2-3 weeks. It is important to consider your location and climate when watering. If you are watering too much or too little, the aloe vera plant will turn yellow or brown.

Step 4

Pluck off the tiny aloe vera sprouts that grow up around the base of the plant once it has fully matured.You can transplant these other places just as you have the original aloe vera plant. If the plant produces flowers, pluck them off.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandy loam soil
  • Water


  • Aloe Vera Plants
  • Growing Succulents
Keywords: succulent growing, caring for succulents, aloe vera care

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