How to Care for Aloe Vera Plants

how to care for aloe vera plants the right way

watering your aloe vera plant

How to care for aloe vera plants is very simple.  They are easy to take care of and won't mind it if they don't get their daily water.  As a matter of fact, the less the better. 

The aloe vera plant is native to the Northafrican desert where it doesn't get a lot of rain and is used to very hot days.  This means that the plant prefers warm and dry conditions.  So you have to be very careful not to overwater your plant as this may cause it to rot.  A healthy plant will display firm leafs filled with aloe vera gel.  A plant that was overwatered will become weak, lose its firmness and change colors.

Here are the basic rules.  If your plant is an outside plant then you don’t need to water it.   It will get enough moisture from occasional rain and morning dew.  If you have it inside your house then you want to water it occasionally but only to moisturize the soil and not to soak it.  Wait until the soil is completely dry again before giving it some water again.

the perfect climate for your plant

Aloe Vera plants are not made for cold climates.  If you live in a cold climate it is best to keep your plant inside.  But even if you live in a warmer climate temperatures in the wintertime can sometimes fluctuate. Surround the base of the plant with basalt stones.  These stones can carry the warm temperatures of the sun for a long time and can provide the aloe vera plant some warmth even during colder days.

The right size pot

Sometimes people think that the aloe vera will grow a lot better if it has a lot of room, otherwise is in a big pot.  This is usually not the case.  Nevertheless, if you think that the pot is getting too small for your plant you should check the roots.  

Carefully remove the plant from the pot and take a look at the bottom.  If you see a lot of roots that keep wrapping around like spaghetties then you probably need to consider a bigger pot.  Replant your aloe vera into a bigger pot that is approximately two inches bigger in diameter than the one you had the plant in originally. 

Fertilize or not to fertilize

I don't fertilize my plants because it really isn't necessary.  Now If you have outside plants you really don't need to fertilize those either.  Now, most likely they will be surrounded by all types of weeds.  Unless you have a goat that will eat the weeds in your yard, you will have to do the work yourself. Be careful and gentle when pulling out the weeds so you don't disturb the roots of the aloe vera plant.

the right soil

How to care for aloe vera plants the right way also means to provide them with the right soil.  Since Aloe Vera plants are natives of Northafrica they require a special soil close to the one in Afrikca.  The climate there is hot and dry, and so is the soil.  For best results use a soil mixture of 50% soil and 50% sand.  You may even want to add a few pebbles.  This is the perfect mixture and encourages drainage so the plant never sits in a pot of water. Make sure your plant can drain the water by using a pot with a hole at the bottom.


Sunlight is important for you aloe vera plant.  If you plant is an outside plant make sure it doesn't sit in a shady spot.  It should get at least 6 hours of sunlight.  

If your plant is an indoor plant provide it with a spot where it will get at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight.  If you put the plant in direct sunlight the leafs can turn brown.  If that happens find another place for your aloe vera.

replanting and growing aloe vera plants

How to care for aloe vera plants isn't really that hard but do you know how to replant the offsprings and what to look for when replanting them?   Learn how to grow and cultivate your own aloe vera plant.

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