How do you care for an aloe vera plant

How do you care for an aloe vera plant

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How do you care for an aloe vera plant? Are there any good ways of keeping it healthy?


Aloe is a pretty low maintenance plant once established, but it is sensitive to a wide variety of conditions that you will want to avoid.

Fertilizing aloe is rarely a good idea as it can weaken the plant. In fact, some people believe that too much fertilizer damages the plant.

Water should be a good idea once a week if the plant is dry, and it is good practice to give the pot some light exposure every couple of days. Try not to water or mist the leaves as this can help mold and rot.

Insects such as ants, bugs, mites, aphids and caterpillars may become pests on your plant, and it is important to keep up with a weekly routine of insecticidal sprays if you see signs of problems.


For good conditions, water it at least once a week, in the evening is easiest, and keep it well away from bright sun in summer, so it can make its most use of the heat.

For more info on it, see this Wikipedia article.


Aloe does very well for an indoor plant. When growing indoors you want to keep it away from extreme temperature changes so in the winter months when the indoor temperature drops below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C), you can bring it into a sunny room to get more sun light. This will not only help keep the plant warm, it will help increase growth.

As for indoor conditions that you don't want:

High humidity can prevent the roots from taking up water and cause the leaves to dry up. Aloe likes a lot of water and will get water on its own if you're not careful. Try to keep humidity around 50%.

Aloe likes high levels of nutrients. Some like lots of phosphorus while others like lots of nitrogen. You don't want to put too much fertiliser on your plant as that may cause the plant to take on toxins that will get absorbed by the leaves and can cause the leaves to look discolored. Aloe likes very little water but when it does get water, the amount can be very small.



I'm surprised it's so hard to find a definitive answer for this one. I'm not an expert in this stuff so there may be better options, but I've had pretty good luck in the past.

I would get a small pot. Aloe loves to take up large pots. The best pot I've ever had for mine is a plastic flowerpot, the same as I would use for a flower. It's large, so you don't need a plant holder. Mine has drainage holes drilled into it for the rainwater that tends to collect in the pot.

I put mine outside on the deck with the window. I have it next to a window, so there's natural light. And the natural sunlight helps my aloe to produce a lot of leaves. If I move it inside later, I may be able to get more leaves, but it would be a lot more work to put my aloe in another pot inside.

You may need to thin the leaves out. If the leaves get too big, you can just cut them off. After that, make sure you keep your aloe potting mix. It's just a special soil you can get at your local nursery that will keep the roots alive and healthy. You can also use regular potting soil, but make sure you add something for good drainage. You can buy a bag of this stuff called Aloe Plant Mix or you can get it at your local nursery.

Aloe likes a lot of light. When I was growing mine, I put it on the deck with full sun. It does like heat and humidity, so you can put a lamp under it if you want. My setup is to put it outside in the morning and bring it inside by about 10:00. If it starts getting too hot, you can just cut off the top leaves to keep it cooler. It has thick succulent leaves, so it can't get very cold outside.


In warmer climates it is probably an excellent idea to get yourself an air conditioning unit in your house and place it as close to your Aloe as possible so that you don't have to worry about damaging the leaves from heat.


Aloe is a desert plant and in the desert the sun is very hot and the cold is hard to come by so if your aloe is too cool it's not going to do well. As long as the surface of the aloe is getting lots of direct sun and your living space is not too cold, then you should be okay.