Growing Aloe Vera – What You Need to Know!

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Every house should have an aloe vera plant if you ask me. There is no other plant that will give you so much for so little care! In this post, we’ll talk about everything that you need to know about growing aloe vera… Where you can get an aloe vera plant, how to plant aloe vera, care for the plant, how to harvest, and how to use it.


If there is one plant you should grow no matter where you are or how much space you have or don’t have, it’s Aloe Vera.

They say a dog is man’s best friend, I say it’s actually Aloe Vera. With all due respect for dogs (and I have a lot…), this plant requires almost no care, it doesn’t poop or drool, and it’s going to save you on a regular basis.

I received my aloe vera plant from my ex-mother-in-law something like 13 years ago. I planted it in a pot (we’ll talk more about that later) and to this day, I still grow that same plant. 

Over the years, there were a few times that I thought that I’d lost it… Too much rain in the summer or a few times I left it outside during a very cold fall night. 

Somehow, every time it comes back! I have to do very little for it to just be there by my side. 

I call THAT… A very good friend!  

Growing Aloe Vera…

If you don’t own an aloe vera plant yet, I hope that by the end of this post you’ll be convinced that it’s the next plant that you need to bring into your life. But for now, let’s start at the beginning…

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, meaning it stores water in its leaves (it’s 94% water). It grows up to about 36 inches tall and spreads outward by offsets or “pups” (picture below) to form a wide cluster of chubby leaves.

Aloe vera offset.

Aloe Vera is native to Northern Africa. The green (or grey-green) leaves are thick and fleshy with tiny white teeth on their margins. The “teeth” can scratch but are not as bad as thorns.

There are almost 300 identified species of aloe vera. Medical aloe vera can be recognized by the faint white spots on the thick leaves.

Aloe vera flower.

In the desert, aloe vera will produce a flower stem in the spring. It grows from the center of the plant and is 2 to 3 feet tall and topped with tubular pink or yellow flowers.

Where Can I Get an Aloe Vera Plant?

Like I said before, I got my aloe vera plant from my ex-mother-in-law after she removed some offsets from her mother plant.

If you have a friend or a family member that happens to have aloe vera growing somewhere, you can propagate it by removing an offset. I’ll explain how to do this later in this post.

Your local plant nursery should have aloe vera plants. You might even be able to find it in the farmer’s market.

And, of course, like everything else, you can find it on Amazon.

Aloe vera in a pot.

How to Plant Aloe Vera…

The only thing aloe vera doesn’t like is freezing temperatures (32F and below), so…

Outdoor – If you garden in zones 9-11 you can plant aloe vera outdoors. If you are planting more than one plant, make sure to space them 3 feet apart since your plants are going to spread outward.

Aloe vera is not picky at all when it comes to soil. As long as you have decent garden soil it will have no problem growing. If your soil is heavy clay, you can mix it up with cactus and succulent soil mix or cover it with leaf mulch.

Outdoor/Indoor – In gardening zones 1-8 you’ll have to plant your aloe vera in a container that you can move indoors before the first frost.

Again, you can use cactus and succulent potting mix or you can use a regular potting mix or even some soil from your garden.

You don’t need a very deep container since aloe vera is pretty shallow rooted. however, if you want to allow your plant to spread, make sure to choose a wide container. Also, make sure you choose a container that allows for good drainage.

Note – you might think that aloe vera can handle full sun, and it might if it’s not too hot. But in areas that experience high heat during summer days, it’s better to plant aloe vera or place the pot in a partially shaded outdoor location.

Here, in NC (zone 7b) if I leave my aloe vera in full sun in July or August (temperatures are around 90 – 100 F), it becomes brown and starts to wilt (no matter how much I water it).

This was a surprise for me because aloe vera is a succulent and should be able to handle the sun. I also see it in my home country, Israel, growing wild in full sun all the time, but for some reason, it did better for me in a half-shaded spot. Maybe it depends on the humidity.

Anyway, keep an eye on your plant and move it to half shade if it can’t handle the sun.

Indoor – Aloe Vera is a great houseplant. If you can provide it with 6 to 8 hours of bright light a day, it will be very happy staying indoors. A sunroom is a great location for an aloe vera plant or maybe a south-facing window. If there is no such location in your home, but you would like to keep your aloe vera indoors, you can supplement with grow lights.

Close up of aloe vera plant.

Aloe Vera is pest-resistant, drought-tolerant, and doesn’t require any fertilizing (although it doesn’t hurt to fertilize it once a year). It’s the easiest plant in the world to care for.

Watering – I water my aloe vera plant twice a year (maybe). Here, in NC we have a lot of rain in the spring and summer, so when it’s outdoors I don’t water at all. I bring it inside at the end of October and from that time until the beginning of April I water it twice.

Removing offsets – Aloe vera grows and multiplies by growing offsets (tiny aloe vera plants that grow from the mother plant). If your pot is becoming too crowded, or if you would like to give an aloe vera plant to a friend (it’s a great gift!), you can remove some of the offsets. It is better to remove the ones from the sides of the container and not mess with the center of the plant.

Wait until the offset is at least two inches tall (five or six inches is even better). Then, to separate an offset, remove the aloe vera plant from the pot. Brush away as much soil as you can and locate the place where the offset is connected to the parent plant. Cut it off right there, the offset should have a few roots.

Replant the mother plant in its pot, it might be a good time to add new soil and refresh things a bit. Then, plant the offset in its own pot and you are done. Make sure to place the plants in a well-lit location but away from direct sun.

If your aloe vera plant is planted in the garden, you’ll have to gently dig around the offset to find where it is connected to the mother plant and disconnect it. Then, dig it out carefully and replant it. 

Wilting aloe vera leaf.

Protecting from the cold – Above you can see a leaf that is becoming brown and starting to wilt. This happened because I left my aloe vera outside when night temperatures dropped to 32F. This will also happen if you leave your aloe vera plant in full sun on very hot days.

So remember to pay attention to the weather forecast, and when it gets too cold, bring your plant indoors and place it close to a sunny window. I usually don’t wait until the frost. When night temperatures drop to the 40’s I bring my plant inside.

Aloe Vera is very forgiving, though… Even if your whole plant has wilted, it will most likely bounce right back when conditions are right. It’s very hard to kill this plant.

How to Harvest Aloe Vera…

Harvesting aloe vera.

When your aloe vera plant is established and fully grown, you can start using it. To harvest aloe vera, cut one of the leaves…

Aloe vera latex.

See this goodness that is coming out of the leave? This is what you want to use.

Peeling an aloe vera leaf.

To better access the inside of the leaf cut the white teeth from one side…

Peeling an aloe vera leaf.

Then the other…

Peeling an aloe vera leaf.

Then peel the front of the leaf off to allow you better access to the gel inside.

Aloe vera gel inside the aloe vera leaf.

See the gel inside of the leaf? This is the part we want to use.

Wrapping an aloe vera leaf to save for later.

Next, we are going to talk about aloe vera uses, but just so you know, you can wrap the leaf in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for next time. When you need it again, unwrap it, peel another piece and use it. Don’t throw it away if you didn’t use all of it the first time.

Aloe Vera Uses…

The aloe vera plant produces two substances that we can use as medicine. The gel is clear and comes from the inner part of the leaf, and the latex which is yellow and is found right under the skin (you’ll notice it when you cut the leaf).

There are two main ways to use aloe vera: externally and internally.

Externally – both the gel and the latex are used externally (applying to the skin) to heal skin problems, support healthy mouth and teeth and healthy hair and scalp.

Here is a list of skin problems aloe vera can help heal by applying the gel on the skin:

Burns.

Itchy skin due to insect bites.

Sunburns.

Skin damage due to frostbite.

Athlete’s foot.

Rushes.

Blisters.

Prevent and heal acne.

Reverse wrinkles and treat signs of skin aging.

Treat eczema.

Reduce puffiness under the eyes.

Strengthen gums.

Treat hemorrhoids.

Strengthen teeth (use toothpaste with aloe vera in it).

Treat minor vaginal discomfort.

Remove makeup.

Fight dandruff by massaging into the scalp.

Internally – Aloe vera is used internally mainly by drinking aloe vera juice. To make aloe vera juice from your plant, peel a piece of leaf, so you are left with only the gel (the inner, clear part of the leaf).

Add this to a blender with a cup or two of orange juice or mango juice (or whatever else you like), blend well and drink.

Using aloe vera this way can help…

Strengthen the immune system.

Treat indigestion and constipation and support a healthy digestive system (therefore, aloe vera can help with weight loss).

Treat arthritis and relieve joint pain.

Treat heartburn.

Lower blood sugar.

Treat stomach ulcer.

Treat hemorrhoids.

Treat UTI and prostate problems.

Reduces cholesterol and supports a healthy heart.

Helps to reduce and treat inflammation and infection of the eye and ear.

Improve the look and health of the skin.

Help keep body balanced between acidity and alkalinity (aloe vera is alkaline).

Removes toxins.

Improves hair growth.


I probably forgot a few things in the list above, but you get the point. Aloe Vera is an amazing medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years. And fortunately, it’s very easy to grow.

I keep my aloe vera in a pot so I can bring it inside to protect it from the cold but also so I can take it with me if we move. I’m not going anywhere without it!

Do you grow aloe vera? What do you use it most for?

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94 thoughts on “Growing Aloe Vera – What You Need to Know!”

  1. Lee, I love my Aloe plant. I’ve had it about 4 years now. It was pitiful looking when I got it, in hard packed dirt and about 4″ tall. That sucker keeps on getting bigger and bigger and we keep separating the babies and putting mama in a bigger pot. In the summer months it (they) sits on my front porch. This year two of mine have the flower stem and it’s about 3′ tall on the original mama plant. I burned my arm and hand making jelly this year and as soon as I could turn loose I went and cut a piece from the plant and applied the gel to the burns. Wow, withing 10 minutes all the burning and stinging was gone. You could still see the burn marks for two or three days, but there was no more pain. It was worth the trouble of shuffling it in and out at each season for that one use. I am a believer!

    1. It’s magical! Yesterday my husband got a hiccup attack. I say attack because when he starts with the hiccups it lasts three days usually. He starts feeling sick and like he is going to vomit. He gets the heartburn real bad. Anyway, I peeled an aloe leaf, threw it in the blender with one pear I cut and a little bit of water. After drinking one-quarter of a cup he was as good as new. Did you ever try making juice from your aloe vera?
      Mine never grew a flower stem… I thought it was because of our humid weather her in NC, but now that you say yours grow a flower I am wondering if it depends on the variety of aloe vera and not weather conditions.

  2. Yes it flowered somewhat last year but we had it in a hanging basket so it grew horizontal, lol. This year it has grown straight up and has a new leafy aloe plant way up the stem. I would love to send you a picture of it. We keep the babies pulled out and potted separately and mama just keeps growing. We re-pot her a couple of times a year. She needs re-potting now. We also give ours more water. That is all we do different than your article states. It tells you what it wants and we know if it gets too much cold, too much sun or too much water and adjust accordingly.

    1. I’d love to see a picture of it!
      I agree, it’s a very forgiving plant. It tells you what it wants, that’s right. With other plants, you leave them outdoor and the temperatures drop during the night, there is nothing to save in the morning. With aloe vera, you see it’s suffering, adjust, and it comes right back.

      1. We bought our aloe plant at our son’s high school FFA plant sale – it was 50 cents because it was so pitiful and dying!!! We brought it home, watered it and reported it and within 5 weeks it went fro 3 leaves to about 25 and so very chunky!!! We brought it inside in October and it has sprouted (3 feet tall) and I’m hoping it will bloom. My MaMa and PaPa always has aloe plants and I remember them using them on our burns and cuts – there is still a plant in their house where my brother now lives – I would guess it is over 30 years old!!! I do love aloe everything…juice, gel, and the plant itself…it will always be special to me ??? I wish I could share my pictures

  3. I planted some aloe vera plants in several pots. Watered them in and waited to watch them grow. Almost all of them have died. I guess too much water. I have pulled out the distressed leaves and am still trying to get the others to grow. They do not get too much light. Maybe this is the problem, Any help for the ones left? I really want these to grow. Help appreciated.

    1. Is it indoor or outdoor right now? It would be in a warm location (at least room temperature), so if it is outside and it’s cold, bring it inside.
      Not too much water. Only a little bit every couple of weeks. If you can’t find a place in the house close to a window that gets 5 or so hours of sun in the winter, then you should place a lamp close to the plant and keep it on for a few hours a day. Let me know how it’s doing.

    2. i bought an thorned aloe plant at giant tiger for 3$ it was in a pot like 2 inches tall , i cut a pop can top off and experminting , i added it in used coffee grinds only , watered it like 2 times now in 3 months and im in a dark room , i do not like the day and it grew like 3 inches sence and the center of the plant is like a white stem then there are 3 more leaves from the white , so im thinking they adjust to their enviroment

      1. They are very resilient. However, I find with my plant that it struggles through the winter inside my house. I don’t really think that it’s the light that is the issue. I think that it’s more the heat. It’s not as hot as the plant likes inside the house. It always survives, though, so when summer comes and I take it outside it bounces right back.

  4. I love my little aloe plant. I heard it’s great to have indoors because it improves air quality. That’s why I got one when I lived in a basement apartment and it was a bit stuffy down there. Unfortunately that one died because I didn’t know how to take care of it. I think I watered it too much and it didn’t get enough light. Now since we’ve moved into a house, I got another one and it has been going strong for a few months now! I can’t wait until it grows and I can separate out the “babies” for even more plants!

  5. Its also great for minimizing the appearance of scars! It wont have a huge effect on old scars but it helps fade scars that are less than 2 yrs old. It is great inside and is one of the best plants for improving air quality by removing formaldehyde from the air. Just about the only thing to kill this plant is too much water and lack of sunshine. Always give it more sun and less water than you think it needs. I have many many plants here in AZ where it is practically a weed. You cant get rid of it! We have a very dry climate, little to no rainfall and clay like soil. Mimic as much of the desert environment as you can and you will have more plants than you know what to do with.

    1. Great info! Thanks for sharing. We have too much rain here in NC. I have to monitor my plant and sometimes bring it inside even during the summer because it’s too rainy. You are right, too much water is pretty much the only thing that will kill this plant!

  6. julia Pochinski

    I have 6 plants of aloe plant in my house sitting on a couple of window sills. But it never did flower for me. Have mother inlaw plant and that did flower for me. when my mother was alive she had said it never did blossom for her and she had a lot of plants in her house. So I must have had some thing special. that was neat.

    1. I have mine for a few years now and it never flowered either. Maybe it’s just certain verities or maybe the weather we have is ok for the aloe vera to grow but not to flower.

  7. My family has used Aloe since I can remember. We used to cal it “burn plant” when I was young and had no idea it had a “real” name. I have a plant that is probably 60 + years old. My Mom had it before I was born. I use it any time I get a burn or any other skin ailments. It is very hardy and I rarely water it. I separated the main plant not too long ago and now have 5 pots filled with this wonderful plant. Every household should have one!

    1. Wow! 60 years old. Thant’s amazing. Are your plants in pots? Do you change the soil in the pots? I have to separate mine soon.

  8. Absolutely a requirement if there is a teen with acne. My daughter got a huge painful acne eruption two days before an important formal dance. She applied fresh aloe gel and it almost disappeared by dance time. I use it for sunburn and i use it on my dogs too.

  9. Someone gifted me an Aloe Plant and I love it! I bought a beautiful new pot and replanted it and then it happened…the leaves drooped and they don’t seem to want to stand erect again :(. I don’t over water it and it’s not in direct sunlight (it sits in my sun room which is warm but I don’t have it sitting in the window). It seems after I switched pots I started having issues, immediately. Prior to the switch (and when I first got it) the leaves stood straight up, likes miniature swords! Can anyone advise on what I should or can do to reverse the drooping leaves? Best, Sheila – Philadelphia

    1. Sheila, the gray wilted looking aloe vera is usually caused by too much watering. How often do you water it?
      Also, it’s ok that it is indoors but it should be placed by a window. Maybe it doesn’t get enough light, or strong enough light, or heat. If it’s above 75F outside, place it on the porch. You are looking for a spot that has partial sun. If it is outside, make sure it doesn’t get too much rain.

      1. I have pics of what it looked like when i first got the plant & how it looks now (after I removed it from the original nursery pot). I can’t figure out how to attach the pics while replying to you from this site using my mobile phone. Can I send to you directly to an email address?

  10. Ceciel Strydom

    We moved into this house in a retirement village last year, and found six Aloe vera’s in a neclected condition as die previous owner fell ill and could not care for her garden anymore.

    I transplanted them to the same area of the garden and some of them already flowered last season.

    Here, where we live in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, it is a sight to see when driving through the mountains when the Aloe’s are blooming. The flowers are mostly red with yellow on each flower. They also flourish between the shrubs alongside the beaches.

    1. Oh, I am sure it’s amazing. And what a blessing to have aloe vera everywhere for everyone to use. If you ever get a chance, please send me a picture.

  11. Thank you for sharing. Yes I do have aloe vera plants. I mainly use it on my scalp after bath to grow hair but I didn’t know of its other uses although someone said it’s good for arthritis too.

  12. I am from the Philippines so the weather is mostly humid and tropical. My mom and I grew a garden in our terrace, but the plants are mostly in pots. Among the first plants that we got was an aloe vera plant. It grew plenty over the years and I kept on tranferring baby off shoots into new pots to grow. The mother plant started flowering some years ago and her baby plants flowered as well in the succeeding years. The more I give then away to family and friends as gifts, the more they double in quantity. We probably have hundreds of aloe vera plants in our garden now plus the ones we already gave away. 🙂 we uses them for skin and hair care, but now I know I could make them into juice.

    1. That is awesome, Charms. I need to repot mine. My boy decided to “fix” it and cut half of the plant… Since then it is having a hard time recovering. I need to give it some attention.

  13. Wow, I never knew there were so many uses for Aloe Vera! We have always had it on hand for sun burn. My main plant is in full sun, in northern Australia, and it flowered a few months ago, pale pinkish flowers. I have never before seen an Aloe plant flower, so I felt quite special! It will be interesting to see how it goes during ‘The Wet’ (monsoonal rain season), it lives in a garden bed with good drainage, so I’ve got my fingers crossed it makes it through till next year!
    Thankyou for all the great ideas, I’m especially keen to try the juice!

    1. Keep an eye on it during the rainy season. You might need to dig it up, pot it, and bring it indoors if it can’t handle the rain.

      1. I have really enjoyed this post and reading all the comments about this amazing plant.
        I live in Central Queensland, Australia, and I got my first 2 plants from my Dad’s garden. He always said they are good for sunburn and other things but he had no idea of their other uses.
        Since I planted mine around 3 years ago I have had countless “pups” (babies). I replanted them all in a garden bed and now they are all producing “pups”. It was only last week I threw out the original adult plants because they had flowered twice (once each year) and were looking sad so I thought they must be at the end of there life! You can image how I’m feeling after reading how old one lady has had hers for 60 years!
        My plants have thrived (in the garden bed) through our summers raining season and 2 cyclones! We also have clay soil which tends to hold water as well, so maybe we are just very blessed ours do so well!
        I just wanted to say thank you so much for this info, I’m certainly going to be trying some new things with Aloe.

  14. I am really bad at keeping plants alive, but when it comes to keeping aloe I’m a pro!
    (I think the main reason is because I always forget to water plants.)

  15. I would like to thank you for sharing your research on Aloe Vera. It is informative. I find this very helpful because I have Aloe Vera plant, and I gave one to my mother-in-law as a gift. One thing I found most interesting is the aloe vera juice that I definitely will try and keep you updated on my progress. Thanks again

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write this, April. Please keep me updated. The Aloe juice is not super tasty, but very healthy for your gut.

  16. Thank you so much for the helpful information. I enjoyed reading all the comments. I have an Aloe Vera plant that has been through a lot over the pass two years-to much sun to much water but it’s still hanging in thw

    1. My son grabbed a saw from the shed a few months back and “fixed” the plant. LOL. I wanted to strangle the boy. But the plant is recovering, thanks god!
      Thanks for visiting!

  17. I live in las vegas and I must say I have to water my plants year round. But then again we are in a desert. I got my first one from a neighbor and now I have so many I don’t know what to do with them. I can’t put them in the ground because they spread too much so i have them in large pots. I notice that if i dont water them then they turn the gray color you all are talking about… so then I just over water the pot and BAMB they bounce back and before I know it more babies show up its a great way to get them to shoot off offspring. As far as flowering mine never has. Someone told me only male plants flower.. Have any of you all heard this?

    uses bug bites, sunburn and added it to all kinds of smoothies and really helps with arthritis pain.

    1. You are in a perfect location to grow Aloe vera. I didn’t know that only the males produce flowers. This explains a lot.
      You should look for a farmer’s market and go a couple of days a year to sell your extra plants. Spread the aloe vera love!

  18. I have read that aloe vera plants may be toxic to cats.
    Have you heard this? Besides keeping the plant outdoors in the summer, do you have any suggestions for the winter months and keeping the plant seperated from cats roaming the house?

    1. I have a cat and never had a problem with her being close to the aloe vera.
      When I did the research for this post I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere. Also, animals are very smart when it comes to what they should and shouldn’t mess with. If it’s not a good plant for your cat, I am sure she will stay away.
      You will have to bring the plant inside for the winter, but if you are worried about the cat, you can always keep it on a shelf somewhere in a place that is out of the cat’s way.

  19. Are all types of Aloe Vera edible? I want to start eating it for health reasons and I’m not sure which type can be eaten

    1. I don’t think you can use them… In all my research and years of growing aloe vera, I never heard of them being used for anything.

  20. Melony millerleile

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my aleo plant I got it off my friend who’s mother had almost 40 Huge aleo plants in the front windows of their store, these plant are over 20 years old and gorgeous, so I told him id love one for my birthday. And he gave me one, I’ve had a huge flower come out for the last 3yrs I’ve had it. One of the leaves ( I guess that’s what their called)are as long as long my arm, its awsome i get complements on it all the time.

    1. It sounds really awesome! It is such a great plant. I am going to repot mine this year. It has been in the same pot for the last 7 years or so, I think it deserves fresh soil. Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Kaitlin Roberts

    Thank you so much for your tutorial! This was very well put together and informative! Great job! Now im off to find me a aloe plant 😉

  22. Thanks for for your great explanation of Aloe Vera care & use. I am from the Tropical Islands of the South West Pacific. Vanuatu, the island of Espiritu Santo. One of the US Base during the WW2.
    the Aloe Vera grows very well in most of our little islands and most people are using it as medicine as you mentioned. Yes it works

    Thanks

    Esrom

    1. It does work! I love this plant. I am now visiting family in Isreal which has a dessert kind of weather and it grows here wild everywhere. It is such an amazing resource.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  23. I live in Maryland in zone 7b, where we have lots of rain in the spring and fall. I received my aloe vera from my late mother years ago, and have given away several babies. I keep mine outdoors from April to October. I place its pot under the eaves on the sunny south side of the house, where it gets a little water but not much. After having the plant for about 7 years, it bloomed for the first time last year!

  24. Thanks for this informative post! You answered all of my questions. I have always kept a small aloe vera in my kitchen for burns. We recently moved from Virginia to Texas and just couldn’t bring all of our plants. My lungs have been damaged due to an autoimmune disease and a healthcare worker suggested aloe vera for the bedroom. It produces oxygen at night also scrubbing the air of benzene and formaldehyde! In Texas, the aloe vera plants are huge and of course, we are in a different zone now too. Today we hit the nursery and bought a bunch of them for inside and out. Aloe vera is such a bargain when it comes to your health.

    1. Texas is just the place for aloe vera. Here in NC I feel like the plant is struggling sometimes. It’s too humid for it.
      I hope it will help you feel better! I use the aloe vera plant mostly for skin issues. I use an essential oil blend that opens the airways and supports a healthy respiratory system at night. I put it in the diffuser right close to my head and it helps me breathe better and therefore sleep better. I’ll be happy to share more info if you are interested.
      And you are right! Aloe vera has so many uses and it’s so easy to grow, it is a bargain!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Thanx for amazing information.and i wanna knw y aloe vera gel is lik water its not sticky enuf its falling lik water.mayi knw the reason for tht.thanx

    1. It’s fine! It should be watery, only when they sell it at the store they make it into a gel so it’s easier for people to apply it.

  26. I just read all the posts and couldn’t find how much aloe for drinking — in an 8 oz. glass? I have stomach problems and this may be the answer. Also, how do you use it on the scalp? I have psoriasis and maybe it could help. I just got a sprig of aloe from my daughter-in-law and it is hanging over the edge of the pot, not upright. It has been struggling to survive, so I’m glad to know that I may be watering it too much. Thanks for encouraging me about this plant.

    1. It might take it a bit of time to establish and root. Just make sure it’s in a warm place. I water mine through the summer once every couple of weeks with a couple of cups of water. I think your plant is smaller so you probably need much less.
      You can just spread the gell anywhere you want.
      I’ll be happy to help you with your skin problems with essential oils as well. If you want to talk about that just email me to lee (at) ladyleeshome.com.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  27. This is such a great guide! I had an aloe vera plant that I tried to use and keep alive, but I sadly failed. I am saving this guide for down the road when I purchase another one. This is incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for sharing not only how to care for it, but also how to use this versatile plant!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! I am happy you liked it. I love my aloe vera. I hope it will survive the winter, it really needs some sunshine…

  28. About 10 years ago I bought an Aloe plant from a store that was closing. I put it next to some other house plants in my bedroom. After a while it looked like it was going to die so I just threw it in the back cellar by a window and forgot about it. One day I was looking for something or other and went into the back cellar started searching when I looked up at the shelf by the window I jumped back in fright. I seen something out of the corner of my that didn’t belong. I thought it might be a snake or something. It was the Aloe plant that had grown and sprouted to about 14″,….I was amazed. Since then I’ve cultivated hundreds. They are just great practically no care and here in Northeast Pennsylvania they thrive summer and winter with temps in my cellar from 80’s in the summer and down in the 50’s in winter. They seem to be very happy and so am I.
    Great site Lee, keep up the good work.

  29. Fantastic article! We sell our families organic aloe Vera on our website vey affordable. You also receive an adoption certificate.

    1. Mine looks the same right now after the winter. It just needs more heat and sun. DOn’t tie it. Is it hot where you are? Can you take it out on the porch or in the garden so it’s in the sun?

  30. My aloe vera (2 plants actually) is getting way to tall, can I cut the top off and plan that? Or can I freeze the gel?

    1. You can’t cut it and plant but you can cut the larger leaves, extract the gel, and keep in the fridge. It lasts for a long time.

  31. NOW I HAVE CUT AND SCRAPED A HUGE LEAF I PURCHASED AT MY GROCERY STORE AND CURRENTLY HAVE IT IN A BOWL IN MY FRIDGE—IT PRODUCES SOOO MUCH “LIQUID” MY QUESTION IS
    WHAT IS THE LIQUID? ALL I DO IS KEEP THAT LIQUID IN A SEPARATE JAR– IS THIS EVEN GOOD TO USE FOR ANYTHING? DOES THIS GO BAD?
    I OPENED THE JAR (HAVING IT FOR 2 WEEKS NOW) AND THE TOP LAYER HAD A TYPE OF BROWN FILM, AGAIN ONLY ON TOP WHILE THE REST OF THE LIQUID IS STILL CLEAR. ANY INPUT IS HELPFUL AND THANKS IN ADVANCE

    1. This liquid is the “gel”. It’s just not as gelly as we are used to with the aloe vera gel we by at the store. Use it the same way you’d use aloe vera gel you get at the store.

  32. Right now I am using aloe in my smoothies o ward off some funny pains in my left breast. Thanks for letting me know it is alkaline..

  33. What I need to know is why is the base of my Serveral year old aloe Vera plant is a light green? Looks like new growth from other plants.

  34. I bought my aloe plant to have available for burns. It got really big for the planter so I put it in a bigger one. I did that 2 times. We put it on the deck for 3 months. I couldn’t understand why it was growing crooked. It also started growing a flower. I didn’t know that they grew flowers. After a while I realized we were having babies! The planter was too heavy for me so by the time I had help there turned out there were 18 babies. I used every plastic pot
    /container I could find . Luckily I save the containers from buying plants for vegetable garden.
    In the end 17 survived. I gave all but 2 of them away.

  35. Actually aloe vera plant is unique, I planted mine but is giving some problems I don’t if it’s due to the heat of my country Sierra Leone, I need advice on what to apply on my plant for better growth

  36. THANKS FOR THE INFO! I LOVE IN SC. DURING A VISIT TO FLORIDA ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO MY COUSIN GAVE ME AN ALOE VERA AND I THOUGHT FOR SURE I WOULD KILL IT. SO SHOCKED BUT PROUD TO SAY IT IS STILL ALIVE! IT FINALLY GOT A LIL BIGGER AND ALSO HAD 2 BABIES. MY MOTHER GAVE ME A PIECE OF ALOE VERA ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO AND IT HAS GOTTEN WAAAY BIGGER AND HAD LOTS AND LOTS OF BABIES! I AM STARTING TO RESEARCH AND USE IT OFTEN!

    1. It’s an amazing plant! There are many things that you can do with it. It seems like you take really good care of it!

  37. Hi Lee..
    My name is Preeti.. I m from Netherlands… I bought a aleovera plant few days back… As here is cold so I put it indoor.. And suddenly I saw that leaves become brown n spongy… Even I don’t give to much water… Still I m seeing that plant not look good… Y… Can you please tell me… Wating for ur reply…

    1. It’s either not warm enough indoors, it doesn’t have enough light, or the soil is too wet. Play with those three things until you find the best conditions for it.

  38. I have two plubs in a clay pot and it rained a few days. I noticed it was looking brown and dying. I took them out to let them dry thinking it was over watered then I replanted them .. but they just looking like they are dying still.. what do I do??

    1. They are struggling because of too much water. Just make sure that they are staying dry. Place them under a roof or bring them into the house. Heat and plenty of light and they’ll bounce back. Might take some time though.

  39. Just bought myself a baby aloe. I didn’t know about the wide, shallow container, guess I’ll be going back to the garden center tomorrow. ?

  40. I am trying to grow Aloe Vera. Having some
    problems.
    I was told to put them in a sunny area in a pot.
    The ones that gets the early morning sun was doing great, until we stopped getting rain and more sun. They started turning brown. I gave them a little more water, their doing good now.
    I had to bring some in during the winter, put them near a window. All my windows are tented. The Aloe was doing good, but started curling on the sides of the leaves. What can I do with them?

    1. If all of your windows are tinted, is it possible that they are not getting enough light? You might want to add a grow light and see what happens.

  41. I put my aloe vera plant outside under the porch for the summer. I need to bring it back in the house for the winter. However, it has spider webs on it. How do I clean it & make sure there are no bugs on it or on the dirt before I bring it inside?

    1. Just brush the spiderwebs off. There are probably no bugs… Aloe vera doesn’t really have many pests. If there is a spider or two, they’ll probably leave when you brush away the webs.

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