How to Take Care of Aloe


An Aloe plant can be useful to have around the house. It has numerous medicinal benefits: Aloe vera gel helps relieve burns and cuts, and the plant juice can serve as a antibacterial and anti-fungal. Aloe plants are also easy to grow, and they require very little attention once they are planted.

Step 1

Plant the aloe plant in a pot that receives good drainage. Place 1 to 2 inches of gravel at the bottom of the pot before planting the aloe to encourage drainage.

Step 2

Place the plant in a sunny location. Aloe thrives in both direct or indirect sunlight.

Step 3

Water your plant every two weeks with about 1 cup of water. Aloe is a succulent plant capable of storing its own water, and too much water will damage your plant. The soil should become dry between each watering.

Step 4

Inspect your plant at least once a week. Look for dull leaf color or softness, which is a sign of over-watering. If this happens, reduce the frequency of watering.

Step 5

Fertilize your aloe with 10-40-10 fertilizer, which has a higher phosphorous content. When fertilizing in the early spring, dilute the fertilizer to half its recommended strength.

Things You'll Need

  • Aloe plant
  • Plant pot with a drainage hole
  • Gravel
  • 10-40-10 fertilizer


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About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for over 15 years. Coe is the former publisher of the politics and art magazine Flesh from Ashes. She has worked to protect water and air quality. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University.