Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

by | Aug 3, 2022

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a popular houseplant that looks nice and has a lot of other uses as well. People call them medicinal plants because they can help heal wounds, calm irritation, soothe sunburns, and more. Just rip off a leaf and put the gel on red skin (test out on a patch of skin first).

It’s not surprising that so many people have these plants at home. But if you want these guys to stay healthy, you need to learn how to take care of your Aloe vera plant so that it can take care of you. These plants’ thick, fleshy stems make it clear that they are succulents.

It’s also important to keep aloe vera dry and in bright, indirect light. They don’t need to be watered very often, either. All they require is a good watering once every two weeks. Your plant could even give you new plants by producing Aloe vera pups.

So, if you think this may be the ideal plant for you, we’ll explain how to cultivate an aloe vera at home, whether you want to keep it inside or outside.

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Aloe Vera Care Tips & Growing Guide

Although Aloe Vera is relatively easy to care for, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep your plant healthy. First, Aloe Vera likes bright, indirect sunlight. If you live in a particularly sunny climate, you may need to place your plant in a shady spot during the hottest hours of the day. Second, Aloe Vera needs well-drained soil in order to prevent root rot.

Be sure to use a pot with drainage holes, and avoid overwatering your plant. Finally, Aloe Vera is susceptible to mealybugs and other pests. Inspect your plant regularly for signs of infestation, and treat accordingly. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the benefits of Aloe Vera for years to come.

Water

Aloe plants like a lot of Sun, so if you are growing them indoors, make sure to give them as much sun as you can.

It’s amusing because I’ve heard a lot of individuals state that their aloe plants do better inside where they receive less sun, but I’ll continue to explain this theme as I go.

If you have access to a sunny southern exposure, aloe plants appreciate it. I grow mine in an east-facing window, but if I had a good south-facing one, it would grow there as well.

Light

A place where it will get bright, indirect sunlight or light from a lamp. The best window is one that faces west or south. Aloe plants that don’t get enough light tend to get tall.

Humidity And Temperature

Aloe vera does better in temperatures around 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C). Most homes and apartments have perfect temperatures. From May to September, you can put your plant outside without any problems. If the nights are cold, bring it back inside at night.

Feeding

Fertilize lightly, no more than once a month, and only in the spring and summer with a half-strength houseplant solution.

Repotting

To start, choose a pot that is about 2 inches wider than the aloe plant’s current pot. Aloe vera plants have shallow roots, so a pot with drainage holes is essential. Next, add some fresh potting mix to the new pot. You can use a commercial cactus mix or make your own by mixing equal parts sand, peat moss, and perlite.

Once the new pot is ready, carefully remove the aloe plant from its current pot. Gently loosen the roots and shake off any excess dirt. Place the plant in the new pot and fill in around it with more potting mix. Water thoroughly and place the pot in a bright spot.

With just a little bit of care, your aloe vera plant will thrive in its new home.

Propagating Aloe

Aloe vera can be propagated from offsets, which are small plantlets that form at the base of the main plant. To propagate aloe vera, carefully remove an offset from the mother plant and pot it in well-draining soil. Water the offset sparingly, as too much water can cause it to rot. Within a few weeks, the offset should develop roots and begin to grow. With proper care, it will eventually mature into a full-sized plant.

Is Aloe Vera Toxic?

The plant contains compounds that can be toxic to pets and children if ingested. In large quantities, these compounds can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even liver damage. As such, it is important to exercise caution when handling aloe vera plants.

If you have children or pets in your home, it is best to keep the plant out of reach. And always be sure to wash your hands after handling the plant, as the toxins can also be harmful to humans if they come into contact with broken skin.

Common Pests And Diseases

aloe vera plants are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. Common pests include mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. These pests can cause severe damage to the leaves of the plant, leading to yellowing and wilting. Aloe vera plants are also susceptible to fungal diseases such as root rot and powdery mildew. These diseases can cause the leaves of the plant to turn brown and eventually die.

Common Problems

aloe vera plants can sometimes experience problems, such as browning leaves or stunted growth. These problems are often caused by water stress, which occurs when the plant does not receive enough water. Overwatering can also cause problems, as the roots of the plant can become waterlogged and begin to rot. Another common issue is root rot, which is caused by a build-up of salts in the soil.

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FAQ

Is Aloe Vera A Cactus?

No, aloe vera is not a cactus. Cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Aloe vera is in the same plant family as asparagus and cucumbers.

Does Aloe Vera Need A Lot Of Sun?

While aloe vera does prefer bright light, it doesn’t need direct sunlight to thrive. If you live in an area with intense sun, it’s best to keep your aloe vera plant in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

Is It Easy To Care For An Aloe Vera Plant?

Yes, aloe vera plants are relatively easy to care for. They are tolerant of neglect and can go several weeks without care.

Final Thoughts

Aloe vera plants are easy to grow and make a great addition to any home. They come in many different varieties, so there is sure to be one that fits your style. With just a little bit of care, aloe vera plants will thrive in your home and provide you with plenty of gel for all your needs. Have you grown an aloe vera plant before? What tips would you add?

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Shelbi Clifford

Shelbi Clifford

Hi, I'm Shelbi! I am the founder of Houseplant Advisor - a blog for all things houseplants. Whether you are looking to add some green to your home or want to learn about how plants can help improve air quality in your space, Houseplant Advisor is here with the answers. Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out and ask me anything!

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