Care And Tips for Aloe Vera Plant

Whether you’ve put it on your skin, seen it in little jars at the grocery store, or witnessed all its glory in the desert, we’ve all experienced Aloe Vera at some point in our lives. This unique medicinal plant is a staple of succulent gardening, and you can take care of it very easily! Therefore, if you haven’t already, it’s time to add Aloe Vera plant care to your garden repertoire.

The gel on the leaves of Aloe Vera is well known for its medicinal properties, especially for relieving sunburn. This refreshing gel also treats minor burns, second-degree burns and acne. However, its usefulness is not limited to topical treatments. Aloe Vera gel is also safe for consumption and is often processed into desserts and drinks. As expected, Aloe Vera juice is very refreshing, albeit a little bitter.

Aloe Vera plants are not only useful for potential medical applications. They attract attention in gardens, especially during the flowering period. Gardeners often grow Aloe Vera together with other succulents in tropical, desert or Mediterranean landscapes. Usually you see it next to aeonians, pimples, and maybe even palm trees. Reaching a maximum height of 2 to 3 feet, the Aloe Vera plant will quickly become indispensable in your Garden.

All About Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a member of the family Asphodelaceae and is a cousin of Haworth succulents (they have a strong family resemblance). There are many popular types of Aloe, including sisoe Aloe (sapphire Aloe) and brevifolia Aloe (Short-leaved Aloe). You can also find Speckled Aloe, also known as Partridge Aloe. Although it is similar to the other Aloe mentioned, this species is actually a representative of the genus Gonialoe. The same goes for Aloe aristata (Aloe lace), which is actually Aristae aristata. While all these Aloe grow in the same way, in this article we will focus on the real Aloe Vera.

Our favorite medicinal plant, Carlos Linnaeus considered Aloe Vera, the biological classification system of which is the most widely used today. Only a decade after, another botanist, Philip Miller, called the same plant A. barbadensis. A. Vera has established itself as the most popular name, but from time to time you can hear about Aloe Barbadensis Miller. Thanks to these competitive scientific names, the Aloe Vera plant often bears the common name Aloe Barbadensis.

Aloe Vera is a tropical plant native to the warm climates of the Mediterranean. It has long pointed leaves that grow from the center. These sapphire-green-gray leaves have jagged edges, and sometimes with white specks. Just one of these chuckers can grow up to 18 inches long!

The leaves have thick, rigid walls that hold their precious gel. This gel is thicker than you think and can be cut into cubes. It is transparent, with a pale green hue and a fresh aroma. Between the skin and the gel there is yellow latex. This liquid substance is slightly toxic when consumed regularly or consumed in large quantities. Despite its possible medicinal properties, it was banned by the FDA. If you are collecting Aloe leaves to eat, rinse the gel thoroughly to remove any traces of latex.


Sun and temperature

Aloe Vera needs as much light as they can get to keep the leaves firm. However, too much of a good thing leads to sunburn, which is why Aloe Vera plants prefer indirect light. If you are growing this succulent indoors, place a small plant on a window that receives full sun and turn it periodically (artificial light is also possible if it produces enough light). This is especially important if you want the plant to bloom.

Because they come from the tropics, it is not surprising that Aloe Vera plants only hibernate well in zones 10-12. To survive, they need a minimum temperature of 40°F and prefer a temperature of 50 to 80°F. Needless to say, an outdoor Aloe plant will not withstand frosts, low temperatures or cold climates.

Water and humidity

Like any good succulent plant, Aloe Vera accumulates water in its leaves. Due to this stock, they do not need frequent watering. In fact, too much water causes the roots to rot quickly and is the fastest way to finish a succulent. To avoid this, plant indoor Aloe in a terracotta pot that easily removes excess moisture.

Keep the Aloe in good condition by watering sparingly. Allow the potting mix to dry completely before adding it again. In winter, reduce watering even more.


The full watering necessary for growing Aloe Vera should be combined with well-drained soil. Use a coarse sand mixture, such as that sold for cacti and succulents (it can usually be found at a local garden center). This type of potting soil is especially important for growing Aloe in containers. Any container you use must have at least one drain hole.