Aloe Vera Plants: Easy To Grow Succulents
Aloe Vera Plants (Aloe Barbadensis) are believed to be native
to Africa, and are best known for the medicinal uses of the gel-like
sap inside their leaves.
They are easy to grow indoors as house plants, as well as outdoors in
the garden or landscape.
Aloe Vera Plants belong to the Liliaceae family, and can be planted
year round in USDA zones 9 through 11. When planted outdoors in a
container, these plants can be brought indoors during the winter if you
live in a cold climate.
Aloe plants can grow up to two feet tall, with a spread of two to three
feet wide. Their spiny edged, fleshy green leaves grow in a rosette on
a short stem.
Aloe is a versatile plant that can be grown in containers, or planted
outside as an accent or ground cover in the garden or landscape.
Vera Plant Care - Indoors
Aloe plants are easy to grow and care for when potted as houseplants.
The gel-like sap inside their leaves can be applied topically to the
skin to treat minor burns, sunburns, scratches, and abrasions.
Tips for Houseplant Care
Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. A sunny
window is an ideal location.
– Room temperature should be 65-78° F. Keep away from hot or cold
Soil & Fertilizer
– Use a cactus soil mixture, or a commercial potting soil with perlite
or sand added into the mix. Feed once a month with an all purpose,
liquid fertilizer for strength.
Aloe Vera Plants are drought-tolerant, and can be watered once every
two to three weeks. Be sure to allow soil to dry out completely between
Tips for Propagating and Potting
Aloe plants are easily propagated by removing the offsets (also known
as pups) that are produced at the base of the mature plant (wait until
they are at least 2 inches tall).
- If propagating, cut the offset away from the mature plant
with a sharp knife. If repotting, gently remove the plant from the
container and separate offsets (if any). It is okay to cut the plant
- Choose a container with good drainage. One that will allow
for future growth.
- Fill the pot with several inches of potting soil. If you’d
like you can use two parts packaged potting soil, one part perlite, and
add one tablespoon of slow-release fertilizer.
- Place the Aloe Vera Plant in the center of the container.
Hold the plant upright as you add soil around the plant. Gently press
the soil around the edges of the plant.
- Water the plant so that the water runs out of the drainage
Plant Care - Outdoors
Aloe plants are drought-tolerant and can be planted year round
in hardiness zones 9-11. Aloe can be planted outdoors in a container,
used as a border, or mass planted as ground cover. This plant will
thrive when planted in rich, organic soil with good drainage.
Tips for Outdoor Care
- Be sure you choose a location that receives full sun to
- Allow 12 to 18 inches between plantings.
- During summer, soil should be watered until completely
soaked. Allow soil to become completely dry between watering. Aloe will
require less water during winter months.
- Fertilize every spring using a fertilizer that is high in