How to Grow Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a simple and beneficial plant to grow in your household. With so many healing properties, it’s hard to walk down a beauty aisle and not see it listed as an ingredient at least once. Aloe vera is rich in vitamin C & E to keep your skin young and healthy, as well as moisturized. People have been using this plant as a natural remedy for years, even applying its healing gel to treat all kinds of topical ailments and sunburns. No matter the reason you’re growing aloe, here are the steps you should take to nurture growth for your aloe plant. This may be one of the easiest plants to grow, especially if you start by purchasing a live plant from Home Depot, Lowes, or online.

1. Understand it is a Succulent.

Water it about every 3 weeks. make sure the soil does not remain damp.
Test the soil with your finger to make sure it is dry before watering.

Although you may be inclined to water it every day, do not do this (it will die). From personal experience, I have had an aloe vera plant grow with over a month of no water. As a cactus-like plant, their root systems are shallow and spread out so when it rains in the wild, the water can be absorbed quickly from the soil’s surface before it evaporates. Less is more when it comes to water if you don’t want root rot.

2. Cactus potting soil mix.

use a pot with good irrigation and use a screen over drainage hole - optional.
Use a soil designed for aloe - Cactus blends will do.

Online, reviews suggest trying Miracle-Gro Cactus Soil. Aloe needs good drainage, which is why it is important to have a rocky or cactus-specific texture of a soil bed.

3. Aloe is native to Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian peninsula.

Ensure it is receiving lots of light weather artificial or natural.
Aloe's ideal temperature is 55-80ºF.

Here it’s native conditions are hot and rainy (summer), making it a subtropical plant. In the winter it has a cooler and drier climate, making it an adaptable plant.

Growing Aloe from a Seed

This method assumes that you have potted the live plant, however if you are looking to grow aloe from a seed, you should click here for a step by step guide.