Aloe Barbadensis Miller
Aloe Vera plants are a great starter plant for any new plant parents as they are very easy to care for. Below is our full Aloe Vera Care Guide with all the information you need to best look after your Aloe.
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.
Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise, I won’t be a happy plant.
I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.
Whether you're looking to make sure your Aloe Vera is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Yellowing on your Aloe Vera is often caused by too much direct sunlight. Try to move your Aloe Vera to a spot with indirect sunshine.
Brown Aloe Vera leaves are usually a symptom of incorrect watering. Have a feel of the soil and adjust watering accordingly. You can find out more about why your Aloe Vera is turning brown in our helpful guide.
It can be an easy mistake to overwater your aloe vera. In this instance it is best to replace the potting mix entirely as the water will be causing damage to your aloe’s root system. You can find out more about root rot fixes and prevention in our complete root rot guide.
Soft or mushy leaves on your Aloe Vera is usually consequence of overwatering. Try replacing the soil with new dry potting mix and hope that it is not too late!
This is most often caused by insufficient light levels. Try moving your Aloe Vera closer to the window and the new growth should start to look healthier.
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