Aloe is known for its medicinal uses such as ointments for rashes and burns, just to name a few. It is also grown as an ornamental plant. Aloe vera plants are succulent plants that retain and swell with moisture, much like a cactus. They are tropical plants that can be harmed from cold weather. Before winter arrives, there are a few things you can do to help it begin and survive its semi-dormant stage.
Move potted aloe plants indoors if they are kept outdoors in areas where winter temperatures drop below 45 degrees F.
Cover the soil around your outdoor aloe plants with about 2 to 3 inches of mulch, such as bark or pine needles. Do this especially if your area gets chilly at night (below 55 degrees F).
Water aloe plants sparingly beginning in the fall. Water only when the soil completely dries out (use your finger or a moisture thermometer). Then water each plant with only 1 to 2 cups of water.