The Aloe Vera plant (Barbados aloe) is notorious for being one of the most sought after succulents worldwide. Their medicinal properties are added to various beauty and medicinal products. The Aloe's succulent leaves hold rich antioxidant and antibacterial properties. And bonus - they are a very low maintenance plant to have in your collection.
This plant can be mildly toxic to animals and lead to gastrointestinal problems if ingested.
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Adored by the masses for their kind and considerate persona- no wonder they are called the defenders - to serve and protect
Great For People Who…
Great for people who like variety and variegated leaves
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who like to grow edibles
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with partial shade patios
Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
Aloe barbadensis Care Guide
Indoors: Bright, indirect light in a southern or western exposure window. Outdoors: Set in bright indirect light or 2-4 hours of morning sun and afternoon shade where temperatures are above 45¬∞F at night.
Water your Aloe vera when the soil is dry on your moisture meter. Check the moisture every two weeks in the summer and every four weeks in the winter. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water that has been sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals. Take the plant out of your decorative container and water enough to discharge out of the drainage holes. Allow the plant to absorb the excess water for 15 minutes in a tray and then remove the excess water and allow them to finish draining. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot. Allow your Aloe Vera plant to dry out between waterings and rotate your plant one quarter turn each time you water for consistent indirect sunlight exposure.
The Aloe vera plant doesn't need any extra humidity.
Average comfortable room temperatures will be sufficient. These plants do not like cold termperatures under 45°F.
This Aloe plant can thrive in full sun for at least 6-8 hours per day or a brightly covered area where temperatures are above 45°F at night.
Your Aloe vera is very self-sufficient. If you must, once a year in the spring, fertilize it with a balanced indoor plant fertilizer at half strength.
When receiving the Aloe vera, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. Repot every two to three years or when the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.
Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot with drainage holes to keep the roots drier.
Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use cacti and succulent potting mix or an aerated soil mixture to prevent any root rot in this indoor plant.
Add the soil mix to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.
Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.
Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.
Water thoroughly, and let the pot drain. If settling occurs, add more soil.
With a sterilized knife or pruners, you can cut off spent flower stalks at the base of the stem to groom the plant if being grown outside. To harvest a leaf for medicinal purposes or cleaning, cut the leaf at the bottom of the plant nearest to the main branch.
Remove offshoots from the Aloe vera plant to start a new plant. The offsets are attached to the mother plant below the soil's surface. Remove the soil down to where they're connected. Then, separate them with scissors or a sterilized sharp knife. Leave a little piece of the stem on the new Aloe. Sit these new offsets out in the air for several days to callous over the wound. This action will help prevent root rot when repotting. Keep them in a warm, dry place out of direct sunlight while they heal over. Next, pot them in a cactus and succulent potting mix to help with aeration and drainage. Put in an indirect, brightly lit spot on the southern or eastern exposure of your home. Wait a week before watering your newly potted offshoots.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you care for an indoor Aloe Vera plant?
Use a potting mix specifically for succulents or cacti to facilitate drainage. Like with other succulents, add drainage material to the bottom of your pot. Water every two weeks in the Spring and Summer. You can water less frequently in the Winter. Fertilize your Aloe Vera annually.
Do aloe plants need a lot of sun?
An Aloe Vera will require a minimum of six hours per day of bright, indirect light. If you live in an area where it is often cloudy or misty, position your Aloe Vera in a north or east facing window and consider supplementing their light with artificial grow lights. Wherever you place your Aloe Vera, it is important that they get enough light so that the soil doesn’t become too cool: cold soil soil will cause root rot.
How often should an indoor Aloe Vera plant be watered?
Your Aloe Vera will need to be watered every two weeks during the Summer and every four weeks in the Winter. Aloe can be sensitive to chlorine and other common water treatments so use filtered, bottled, or tap water.