Aloe vera plants are easy to raise, requiring no special care and only the occasional watering. They do best in bright sunlight and don't tolerate temperatures below 45 degrees. For this reason, in most parts of the country aloe vera is raised as a houseplant. Aloe vera is a popular remedy for sunburn and skin rashes. The slightly sticky gel inside each leaf soothes the skin and, according to the National Institutes of Health, studies have shown aloe vera can help promote healing of the skin.
Obtain a young aloe vera plant from a store or from a friend. Aloe vera plants multiply by sending up multiple small shoots, known as pups. These pups can be easily transplanted.
Plant your aloe in a pot with good drainage, in an all-purpose potting soil or a soil made especially for cactus.
Set your aloe vera in a sunny window. South- or west-facing windows are best. In summer, you can set the pots on a deck or balcony in full sun.
Water sparingly, only when the leaves began to look less full. Don't allow the pots to sit in water. If the leaves of your aloe vera turn yellow or droop you may be giving the plant too much water.
Separate all the new pups from around the parent plants once a year. Transplant the pups to other pots.