Aloe Vera Houseplant
An easy to care for and striking to look at houseplant that also boasts medicinal uses. Suited to bright, indirect sunlight and suitable in humid environments such as a bathroom or kitchen.
Why We Love It
- Evergreen, easy to grow and infrequent watering
- Your plant will be about 30cm tall (concrete pot is not included)
- The aloe can grow to between 0.5m - 1m tall in about 5-10 years. They also prefer to be pot bound, so try not to pot on your aloe before it's ready
- Aloe's occasionally flower in the right conditions, but rarely in the UK
- Aloe Vera is a tropical medical plant that can be used as a natural remedy to ease non-severe sunburn
How to Water
How much water your aloe needs will depend on where you place it in your home. You'll want to allow your aloe plant to dry out between each watering. A good way to check your plant is ready to be watered is by dipping your finger into the top 1-2 inches of the soil to check it's dry.
For an aloe kept in humid conditions (such as bathrooms or kitchens), be careful it doesn't suffer from over watering. There is a lot more moisture in the air which is fantastic for adding additional humidity, but it will also keep the soil considerably more moist.
The biggest reason aloe's don't survive is because of over watering. If its leaves turn lighter and squishy, you'll need to dry out your plant a bit more between watering. However, if the leaves are looking thin, it's a sign it's lacking moisture and you'll need to water it more frequently.
Light and Soil Conditions
For aloe's kept inside, you'll want to give it bright, indirect sunlight. This is because direct sunlight can burn the aloe's leaves. Be careful when placing in front of windows, especially west facing that get the hot afternoon sun, as the glass can intensify the sunlight. If you notice the leaves turning orange, it's a sign your plant is getting too much direct sunlight and you'll need to move it to a different spot in your home.
A good quality, loam based potting compost with extra grit or cactus mix is the ideal soil type. Aloe's prefer a soil mix that allows them to drain water really quickly as they don't like their roots to be covered in water.
Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer 2 or 3 times in the growing season to give it a boost of nutrients.
The Aloe Vera is an evergreen plant that does produce yellow flowers in the summer, however it's very rare a plant raised in the UK will produce these.
They experience a winter dormancy through the colder months, during which you'll want to water less frequently.