What’s the best care for aloe Vera plants?

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I have aloe vera plants that were given to me from a friend; what’s the best way to take care of them? How much water do they need and how often? I’ve tried plant spikes and putting them in a sunnier window , but they sure look like they’re dying 😢 help?!

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  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 26, 2018
    Hello Daniel! Here is what you need to know to care for your aloe Vera plant. Click on the link below to view. By the way, your plant and garden store likely sells a moisture sensor to stick in the soil that tells you when your plant needs water. Good luck!


  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 26, 2018
    Place your aloe in a bright, sunny place. Otherwise it will go dormant and stop growing. Water the plant heavily about once every two weeks, waiting until the soil dries out fully. Since this is a desert species, keeping the dirt moist will cause the roots to rot. Limp or brown leaves also signal you've overdone the H20.
    If you like, you can move your potted plant outdoors for the summer, but don't put it in direct sunlight right away. Gradually place it in a brighter spot every few days to prevent overexposure.
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 26, 2018
    Plant aloe vera in wide containers with a well-draining potting mix, such as those made for cacti and succulents. Aloe vera plants are hardy, but a lack of proper drainage can cause rot and wilting, which is easily the most common cause of a death for the plant.
    Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light.
    Aloe vera do best in temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13–27°C).
  • Alice Alice on Apr 27, 2018
    Care. Water aloe vera plants deeply, but in order to discourage rot, allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings. Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter. Use your finger to test dryness before watering.
  • Ben Ben on Apr 30, 2018
    they are great for burns
  • Nancy Nichols Smith Nancy Nichols Smith on Apr 30, 2018
    They like sunlight, but they are a succulent, so need to dry out the soil before the next watering. No more than once a week watering, and unless the window area is very warm, once every two weeks is better. Only use cactus food, or spikes for succulents, the others will burn the roots. Succulents like to spread shallow roots, so container need not be more than 5-6 inches deep, but needs to be wide to allow root spreading. Mine has been growing in the window for about 15 years, and we take cuttings from it every time someone gets burned!
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 30, 2018
    My pleasure!
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 18, 2020

    Hi Daniel, lots of sun and only a little water. Aloes also don't generally need any fertilizer, but if you your plant is struggling, only apply the fertilizer once a year. Look for something that is phosphorus-heavy or use banana peels as an organic option. We stay in South Africa and the Aloes grow wild on the side of the road and we just dump our banana skins around the plants in the garden . You can also make a banana peel tea fertilizer by filling a mason jar with water, and adding the banana peel. Close the lid and let it sit for about 2 days and then water your aloe plant.

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