How to Prepare Aloe Plants for Winter

Overview

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.

Step 1

Move potted aloe plants indoors if they are kept outdoors in areas where winter temperatures drop below 45 degrees F.

Step 2

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).

Step 3

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Water

References

  • Michigan State University Extension: Aloe--Medicine Plant
  • The Garden Helper: How to Grow and Care for Aloe Plants
  • Aloe Vera Plant
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Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.