How to Water an Aloe Vera Plant


The gel from the aloe vera plant's leaves is used to soothe burns, sunburns and itchy skin. Taking care of an aloe vera plant is relatively simple, but watering is an issue. Aloe vera plants store water in their leaves, so they have plenty of reserve moisture. To be sure you do not over-water the plant, follow a few guidelines.

Step 1

Feel the soil of your aloe vera plant with your fingertips. This should be done daily. If the soil feels dry, look at the plant tray and make sure there is no water standing in the tray.

Step 2

Fill your watering can with water, and gently water the soil of the aloe plant. Distribute the water evenly around the soil.

Step 3

Water the plant until the soil is completely soaked. To test, press down with your fingertips.

Step 4

Repeat in one to two weeks, or when the soil is dry again.

Tips and Warnings

  • Over-watering your aloe vera is as bad for the plant as under watering it, as excess water can cause the base of the stems to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering can
  • Water


  • The Garden Helper: How to grow and care for aloe vera
  • Aloe Plant Information: Aloe Plant FAQS
  • Texas A&M University Department of Horticulture: Medicine Plant
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A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.