Aloe Vera Care

Last Updated: September 2, 2022

Basic Aloe Vera Care

The Aloe Vera is often the first plant endeavour for many plant parents as their easy care routine and luscious green leaves make them the perfect beginner plant.

There are a few important things to note when it comes to keeping your Aloe Vera thriving. Firstly, they need a well-draining potting mix as their roots are very sensitive to root rot. A succulent or cacti mix should work well as it should include perlite which helps not only with drainage but also with aeration of the soil.

The second thing to remember when it comes to Aloe Vera care is that they need bright but indirect light. If grown in low light areas they can become straggly but will scorch in intense direct sunlight during summer. It might be a case of moving your Aloe Vera around depending on the season to get the light level right.

Below is our full Aloe Vera Care Guide with all the information you need to best look after your Aloe.

Detailed Aloe Vera Care

Aloe Vera love bright, indirect sunlight

Make sure your home has enough natural light to keep these ones happy. Whilst they can sustain some direct light, after a while too much sunlight will dry our your Aloe Vera’s leaves. It is all about finding the right spot your for Aloe and it’ll thrive!

Be careful not to overwater your Aloe Vera

Aloe Veras are quite sensitive plants when it comes to watering. The less the better really. They really dislike sitting in water so make sure they dry out fully between waterings. If you think you may have overwatered your Alow Vera, replace the soil immediately and adjust your watering schedule. 

Use a well-draining potting mix

A good potting mix for your Aloe Vera should contain perlite, lava rock or coarse sand to help water drainage. This will protect the roots from rotting which is the most common issue with Aloe Veras as it can happen quite quickly if you accidentally overwater them a few times. 

Aloe Vera can be toxic if ingested

Although the gel can be used on skin to reduce pain, you should never ingest any part of an Aloe Vera as it can cause nausea and can even be toxic in large quantities.

It’s easy to propagate your Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera grow little pups from the main root system that pop up next to the mother plant. Simply cut the pup off with a couple of cm stem and repot them in succulent soil.

They don’t need to be fertilised

Fertilising your Aloe Vera won’t harm it but it isn’t really necessary. They should be fertilised no more than once a year and we recommend using a water-soluble fertiliser if you do choose that you want to.

Warmer temperatures are best for your Aloe Vera

Although they aren’t as fussy as some other houseplants, warmer temperatures do encourage more growth in your Aloe Vera. Make sure they aren’t placed near an air vent or drafty window as the cooler temperatures will affect your Aloe Vera’s health.

You don’t need to increase the humidity

One great thing about Aloe Vera plants is that they do well in the natural humidity of your home. In fact they don’t mind if the air is a little dry which means you don’t need to worry about misting or trying to increase humidity levels.

Aloe Vera Care FAQs

Common Issues for Aloe Vera

Although Aloe Vera plants are seemingly very low maintenance, they can sometimes be a little fussy about their environment and care so it’s important to look out for the warning signs. 

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