Aloe Vera

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Botanical name: Aloe barbadensis

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Aloe Vera has variegated leaves that flow out from its center base. Aloe can be kept in a pot in the kitchen near a window for every day use. The juice from its leaves will relieve pain from scrapes and burns.

Planting

  • Plant in wide containers with a well-draining potting mix, such as for cacti/succulents.
  • Place in indirect sunlight or artificial light.

Care

  • Water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings, in order to discourage rot; water even less in winter.
  • Aloe plants produce offsets or plantlets or "babies" that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant. 
    Knock your Aloe out of its pot and find where the offsets are attached. Sever them from the mother plant with a knife. Allow the cuts on the offsets and the mother plant to callus over for a day or two. Pot them in a standard potting mix. Put in a sunny location. Wait a week to water and keep the soil on the dry side.

Pests

Aloes are prone to mealybugs and scale.  Some common diseases are root rot, soft rot, fungal stem, and leaf rot.

Recommended Varieties

Other especially attractive aloes include the Tiger or Partridge Breasted Aloe (Aloe variegata) and Lace Aloe (A. aristata).

Wit & Wisdom

To reduce dandruff, massage your scalp with aloe vera.

Comments

hello i have one of those

By Donna Kaufman on July 23

hello i have one of those plants and its seem to be doing quite well. it looks healthy and after seeming the other people post i haven't seen anyone with the issues have maybe you can help.... my plant is growing but are the leaves suppose to grow upward? my are leaves are fat and pretty growing outward and low....is that ok or is it suppose to grow and standing upward or does it matter? after seeing the others post it may need to be in a larger container would that help

thanks
donna

Hi, I bought myself an

By Eadaoin on July 10

Hi, I bought myself an aloevera and unknowingly over watered it with tge result that the leaves are now turning yellowish. After reading some of your posts, I suapwct it needs a bigger pot also, can you advise me please if you think I can save it now by letting it dry out..can the leaves come back to health green colour?

I got my aloe vera plant

By Marevita on July 6

I got my aloe vera plant today. It is in a pot and 6'' tall. It is summer and i've put it under sunlight in my kitchen window. My question is, how many times a day or week should I water it. I don't understand the 2'' deep mentionded before by assessing it on a pot. Thanks!

When you water, it is not

By Almanac Staff on July 7

When you water, it is not always based on a set number of times. An aloe plant is a desert plant. Stick your finger in the soil. If it is dry 1 to 2 inches down, water it well. Then wait for it to dry out again to avoid overwatering.

Sir, we want to grow aloe

By Yogendra singh on June 27

Sir,
we want to grow aloe vera for commercial purpose so please help me out where we got aloevera small plant for planting purpose & tell me about in which type soil they are grow. with full detail. waiting for your response.

I just bought an aloe vera

By Sid

I just bought an aloe vera plant one of the little ones say 4 inches it was in a small pot so i transferred it to the larger pot with cactus or succulent plant soil but i didnt water it has been four days i bought seems going good but dont know when to water it or fertilize it or if its going to be ok last one i bought died the leaves would get mushy within a month that plant dead now i am afraid to water it...could you suggest me what to do?

Water aloe deeply but then

By Almanac Staff on June 25

  • Water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings, in order to discourage rot; water even less in winter. In spring, you could give the Aloe Vera some fertilizer--a diluted solution of bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10). 

Somebody helppp! I got an

By Sura

Somebody helppp! I got an aloe Vera plant a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed healthy, but now leaves started falling every now and then. It is a tiny aloe plant and the roots seem healthy, it gets sun and all, but the leaves just... Fall off. I water it when it seems dry and I think I treat it okay, and I really don't want to lose it so somebody please help!

Oh, also, I MIGHT actually be

By Sura

Oh, also, I MIGHT actually be under watering it! That is possible, I have done my research on the plant, and when I see people watering aloe, I notice that they don't too often, but when they do, it is lots of water. I mist it, but it is getting hit now days, soon going to be summer. Is this the problem?

Ok, I've had similar

By Kaaren Mirzaei

Ok, I've had similar problems, I have about 10 Aloe Veras. Make sure there is enough space for the Aloe to grow, should have 3 inches space from the edges of the pot. Depending on how hot it is and the sunshine climate be careful about watering. If you get about 6 hours of good sunlight and the Aloe is next to a window, then you should water it every week and depending on how tall the plant is. If the plant is still a baby which is 1-4 inches long, water it at about 1/4 cup. if it is taller just increase the amount. If you are in a place where you barely get any sunshine, for example I live in Seattle and in winter there is maybe 30 minutes sun, put it under a high lumen light for at least 4 hours a day. You won't need to water in winter that much, once every 2-3 weeks. Thanks for reading and if you have any other question feel free to contact me :).

Hot**

By Sura

Hot**

A common cause of aloe leaves

By Almanac Staff

A common cause of aloe leaves dropping is overwatering--make sure that the soil is dry down to an inch below the surface before watering, usually once every week or two; in winter, even less. When you do water in summer, give it a good soaking each time, so that water drains out the bottom of the pot; be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings. Also check that there is a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, and that it is not sitting in water. Be sure that the soil is a cactus mix or one that has plenty of sand for good drainage. Dropping leaves can also occur if it gets too little light; in this case, the leaves will be pale green or yellow, rather than bright green. The leaves may drop also if the plant gets too hot or too cold; if you suspect it is getting too hot, move it to a shadier location (but where it still gets indirect light). Or, it could be just that the plant is adjusting to its new space, and going through shock; if you think this might be the case, check all conditions (light, temperature, water, etc.) and adjust as best you can.

I have a huge Aloe Vera plant

By Kathy MacIntyre

I have a huge Aloe Vera plant which has always been very healthy and the shoots were 'fat'. Now the shoots have become really thin and others are dying off entirely. It hasn't been moved or changed in a while so I don't understand why this is happening now. Any ideas?

Check your aloe plant on the

By Marilyn Hansen on July 6

Check your aloe plant on the bottom, are the roots protrusion from the pot or are at the very bottom? It could be possible you just need to change to a bigger pot so that your plant has more room to grow.

Well, I don't think it is

By Sura

Well, I don't think it is pale green or yellow, and it has been in it's current pot for a while... I will leave it alone and not water it or anything for a while and see what happens. Thank you!

So normally I don't garden,

By Karen Linus

So normally I don't garden, but a friend of mine has an aloe plant and it had a small 'pup' growing on it. I asked if I could have it and they said yes. However, they cut it when it was really small. It is only like an inch or so big. My issue is I don't know if it will be able to survive being as small as it is. It is warm where I live and such, but is there anything I can do to help it's chances of survival? I really want it to grow to become a mother plant with its own pups.

Hi, I am new to the aloe vera

By PLant lover

Hi, I am new to the aloe vera plant and need some advice. I have a aloe leaf that was cut from the mother plant. I just wanted to know if I could start growing a plant from that

I had the same question as

By Narui

I had the same question as you did and decided to look at a few Websites and Youtube videos as a way of saving my Aloe a few months ago and found that it does not work! I planted the Aloe Vera leaves as these sites suggested (cut off the leaf on a slant, dipped in honey and potted in a Cactus Succulent Mix, the same I had used for the Mother plant before it flopped on me after being quite healthy [ it literally just flopped one day not sure what caused it but I think it might have have been the leaves reacting to being Sun Burnt]) and after about 3- 4 months the leaves did not root at all and I had to throw them away recently and just got a new Aloe Vera. It might have not worked because I tried to do this around Autumn and let them grow during Winter and it gets pretty cold where I am, but it might also be because I forgot to Water (though that technically shouldn't matter since the leaves have water stores) but it just didn't work... I've heard that it is possible to propagate from the stem the plant, but I haven't tried it myself. I suggest you wait until you friend gets pups and ask for a few to try growing on your own or wait until your local nursery gets them in (which should be sometime soon).

Other readers below have

By Almanac Staff

Other readers below have asked this question. Aloe vera plants are not propagated from leaf cuttings. If you find small "bulbs" on the roots, these pups can be removed and planted to get new plants.

Well actually, I don't know

By Sura

Well actually, I don't know for sure if this works, but I have seen websites and YouTube videos showing that if you cut a piece of an aloe vera leaf at an angle, let it heal, dip it in honey and give it time in soil, it will grow roots. Once again, I am not sure but am putting it to the test currently. And if you are wondering why honey is used, it has the same effect of a rooting hormone.

Half of the leaves on my

By Elysia

Half of the leaves on my fairly small plant seem to be dried up inside. They're not brown, but they're flat and slightly crunchy when you squeeze them, not fat and firm like healthy leaves. I've been watering the plant as directed - water deeply, let top inch or 2 dry in between. What does it need?? Thanks!

I had this same problem when

By Taurwen

I had this same problem when I first got my Aloe plants. I finally decided that I couldn't possibly be over watering them so I refused to give them more any more water until they shaped up.
Did the trick and a couple weeks without water resulted in plump greener leaves.

I picked up two gorgeous aloe

By Tia R

I picked up two gorgeous aloe plants today at a plant sale. I bought one aloe humilis, and one aloe variegata (tiger aloe). Im in zone 8, and only plan to grow these indoors, but can either of these varieties be used for medicinal purposes, or did I just buy two decorative plants? The good thing was that each plants came with a min. of 8 pups, so I have more plants than I was really thinking I would want, but I'm really looking for the healing properties. Thanks!

There are hundreds of Aloe

By Almanac Staff

There are hundreds of Aloe varieties and only a few have medicinal heritage. Aloe Vera, of course, is the most potent.
Neither of your plants has proven healing power. In fact, A. variegata is toxic. However, they are great plants! Here's a good page with information on your aloe varieties:
http://greenhouse.ucdavis.edu/files/botnot_01-01.00.pdf

There many not be definite

By Linda Broesky

There many not be definite proof of the Aloe healing, I can only comment on my experience. Abridged version - I burned my wrist on the palm-side. I sliced off a piece of aloe opened it up and rubbed the gel over the burn. I then split the piece of Aloe open, placed it over the burn and bandaged it on. I did this for 3 days. Today I have no mark or scar and it was a severe burn.

I have a large plant that

By LeilaE

I have a large plant that bloomed for the first time this year. The plant is quite tall and it is much more narrow at the base by the soil then up high and the plant can not hold itself up, it needs to lean against a wall so it doesn't fall. Can I cut off the lower leaves and let them dry and harden off and then repot it deeper in the soil? It has pups which I have to repot as well but I don't want to damage the mother. Thanks

try repotting the mother into

By Charlie E

try repotting the mother into a larger, wider pot. the roots are likely overcrowded.

I have a large clay pit with

By Lauriegerard

I have a large clay pit with an aloe plant and another succulent that looks like elephant ears. I had them outside on my front porch all last summer but brought them inside for the winter. I am in southern Ontario and want to know what temperatures are safe to put the plant back outdoors? We are still hovering around 0C during the night, but daytime temps are rising rapidly (today is 14c tomorrow expected 20c). I am more worried about the nighttime temps. I don't want to freeze them by putting back outside too soon.

Wait for the nights to get

By Almanac Staff

Wait for the nights to get warmer (above freezing) before you put the pot outside.

Hi guys, I swear by your

By Tim Foye

Hi guys, I swear by your advice. I have an also vera that is at least 15 years old. I transplanted it twice since then. The plant gets bigger & bigger. The mother plant has grown a second mother plant, I think. It is enormous, as big as the mother and they are both flowering. The flower ate my are at least 5-6 feet tall. Should I wait to 're-pot the plants? There are 20 or more other's growing off the main mother. What is your advice? I love this plant. It takes up approximately 3-4 feet of my Sun room. It loves the spot it's in, ans I don't want to harm it in any way. Any advice is appreciated. I would upload a pix if I could. For an inside plant it is pretty impressive.

We might suggest that after

By Almanac Staff

We might suggest that after the flowers have faded from the plant that you remove any of the 20 smaller pups that are more than 4 to 6 inches tall (include their roots)--you can pot them up and give them away to friends. Pups can drain the energy from the mother plant.
 
As for the second mother plant, it's hard to know without a photo.
1) Perhaps that was a pup that had been allowed to grow very large. In this case, you can make a division, carefully removing it from the mother plant with a knife. Search the Web for "aloe vera" and "natural divisions" and you'll find some articles on how to do this.
2) Or, it is actually a part of the mother plant itself--another stem of the same plant. In this case, it's probably best to do nothing.
The plant sounds like it is healthy and happy (except that so many pups may indicate that it needs repotting), so, not knowing exactly what the 2nd mother plant really is, we might suggest leaving it alone (except for removing the smaller pups when they grow to a certain size). Usually, repotting is only needed if the plant becomes top heavy--crowded roots are tolerated by this plant. If you do decide to repot the mother plant(s), use a slightly larger pot more wide than deep; be sure to provide new potting soil with fresh nutrients, as the old soil is likely depleted because of the pups. Hope this helps!

Our aloes sits in direct sun

By AmyinAlaska

Our aloes sits in direct sun in a south facing window in Western Alaska, where there is very little light during the winter and constant light during the summer. The pot waters from the bottom and I usually only water it every 1-2 weeks. This year it did great during the winter without many hrs of daylight but now the 24 hour daylight is returning and the leaves are turning orange. The water well at the bottom of the pot has been dry every couple days when I check it.

Do you think I should just keep watering it more often--every 4 days or so while it's getting so much light or is there such a thing as too much light, and I should just move it to a North facing window? THANKS!

The red leaves may be

By Almanac Staff

The red leaves may be sunburn.The plant enjoys the outdoors in the summer, but try to shelter it from the direct sunlight for a little part of the day.
On watering, let the plant tell you versus a set schedule. Completely soak the soil and then it dry between waterings, then completely soak again.
Make sure your pot has a large drainage hole--and that you're using the right potting mix so the water drains nicely. Cacti mix works well.
In the spring, you could give the Aloe Vera some fertilizer (a diluted solution of bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10). 

I put down some aloe Vera

By Lychele Wilson

I put down some aloe Vera seeds in a pot. I watered every week for four months starting in January but the seeds will not catch. I even removed the bottom of my pot to reveal the drain hole but I see no plant all I see is white stuff in the pot what should I do.its been three months now and nothing is growing should I just start over growing it again from scratch or should I save the seeds.

Aloe vera grows best from a

By Almanac Staff

Aloe vera grows best from a cutting. You can grow by seed but we find it challenging. It can take one to four months to germinate.
The white stuff suggests a fungal infection; if it's not too serious, you can remove it and dry the soil out; otherwise, we'd start over. Here are some tips:
First, use the right seeding mix of peat and sand.
Second, you barely want to cover the seeds as they need lots of light to germinate!
Water gently; in fact, we'd water from the bottom to avoid disturbing the seeds. Once the compost turns dark as it's wet, remove the watering tray so the plant doesn't sit in water.
You need to keep temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees so put a cling-wrap or a top across the seed pots. As soon as you see seedlings, remove the top so you don't get a fungal infection.
You don't need to water much--only if the soil dries out.
Once your seedings are large enough to hold, transplant into 3-inch pots filled with clean potting mix.

I live in Zambia.I am

By Sipho

I live in Zambia.I am thinking of growing aloe on a large scale. Where can I find the nearest market for aloe?

Hello Almanac Staff, I had

By Ram

Hello Almanac Staff,
I had heard that Aloe Vera purifies air so I have put two of them in my room near a window. Is it safe to do so? Because I have heard that plants give out carbon dioxide in the night. The city I live in is very polluted, so I thought this would be a good and natural solution. I am afraid this plan won't backfire.

Yes, aloe vera plants are

By Almanac Staff

Yes, aloe vera plants are proven to help filter or "clean" the air. It sucks up the pollutants.  You can have as many plants as you wish and you won't come to any harm! According to NASA, 15 to 20 houseplants will purify the interior of a typical 1,800 square foot house. That's a lot of plants!  Still, we imagine any aloe vera plants can only be a health addition to a home.

I have an Aloe Vera plant,

By Carrie Rich

I have an Aloe Vera plant, I'm concern about it because I'm not sure if it will get enough sun from a North window. Can you please answer this question for me I don't have a South window to put the plant in. Please advise.

I have a 7" w x about 8" deep

By NMMarj

I have a 7" w x about 8" deep pot with several babies from a large "mother" in a south-facing solarium. The smaller pot lives by kitchen sink in a N&W-facing window corner. The babies seem happy here. Recently I put them back by "Mom" in south-facing solarium for watering convenience while I was away. Babies turned greyish/brownish. Within a few days of returning to N&W window corner they became green again! They were used to more subtle, cooler light and did not thrive in the brighter, more heat intense environment!

I have an aloe vera plant

By sarai411

I have an aloe vera plant that is relatively healthy. I have harvested several leaves from the stalk. My question is, if I keep harvesting the leaves from the stalk, won't the main stalk eventually thin out too much then be completely cut off from the root? Is there anything I can do to strengthen the bottom root/stalk portion?

Harvest only the lower (close

By Almanac Staff

Harvest only the lower (close to soil), outer leaves on the stalk; they also have the most potent gel. As you continue to harvest the lower leaves, you may get a bare section on the bottom of the stalk (where the old leaves connected to it), but still only harvest the lowest most leaves that are healthy and of good size.
 
The top, inner leaves are youngest; leave them alone so that they can mature. Leaves that are 2 to 4 years old should be OK to harvest.
 
If you remove too many leaves on the plant, then it will not have enough to make food for itself. We're not sure what might be the maximum number of leaves to harvest (anyone?)--it might depend on the individual plant and its overall health--but we might suggest leaving at least 2/3 of the leaves on the plant.
 
As long as you harvest correctly, the root-to-stem connection will be fine--just cut the leaves off at their base, but don't nick the main stem to which they are attached.
 
Some people have had success in cutting the stem of a leggy aloe plant, letting the wound dry and harden, and then replanting the top part of the plant with about a 5-inch section of stem in a pot filled with succulent soil mix and watering very lightly until the roots form, which can take a while. It can be risky, so unless your plant is not doing well, or has broken off, we'd suggest keeping it as is.
 
Removing pups is another story--remove any of those (with their roots) that reach about 3 to 5 inches tall, and develop at least 3 leaves. Repot them--the plants are still too small to harvest the leaves.

Thank you for your respond. I

By sarai411

Thank you for your respond. I will continue to only harvest the lower leaves. I just moved my plant away from the window as the lower leaves turned an orangy color, which from my research tells me it's getting too much sun.

I just bought my first aloe

By abcrememberme

I just bought my first aloe and I have heard that you should use Dead Sea salt. Can you advise how to do this?

I purchased a young aloe

By Tricia Moon

I purchased a young aloe plant sometime last year and soon after, one of the older bottom leaves broke off. I thought nothing of it other than it wasnt taken care of well before I brought it home. Now, a year later, it has grown 6 more leaves and anpther peeking through in the center ♥ but while taking it out of its window to water and rotate another leaf came out. Black where it was attached to the mother. My question: why is this happening? I only water when soil is arid (im in canada and its still winter lol) is it normal for the leaves to fall off? It is starting to get a bit big for its pot which i plan to switch to a bigger one, and check for pups, when the weather turns warmer. But when I first bought it this happened and it was definitely fit for its pot.

Also, I had no idea these flowered! !! Im pretty excited :) when do they flower and how can I encourage this to happen??

I also forgot to ask: what

By Tricia Moon

I also forgot to ask: what can I do with the leaves that fall off? Ive read only leaves at least 8" are usable for topical application or juices. This leaf is only about 4 or 5 inches.

Before I knew better, I used

By Elysia

Before I knew better, I used small leaves for years and the gel was very healing topically. I think you're not supposed to use the smaller leaves so that they have time to grow to their full potential first. Apparently the older leaves are more potent but that doesn't mean the smaller ones are useless at all. I don't know about internal use though.

I have an aloe that the

By the3walcks

I have an aloe that the leaves became thin. I an answer you posted in a post up above.
" When aloe leaves appear limp and/or thin, it means the plant needs to be watered more frequently. This a sign that the plant is using up its own inner moisture stores."
Ok so I should water it more? Also it just has a straight root, is that how the roots are? How long does it take for babies to start. I've had it for a year and nothing yet. I have it sitting on a window sill that gets sun but not all day. All my plants do good there. I am going to get the cactus mix and repot it again. It is getting big for that pot. Can you let me know if there is anything else I can do to help it. Thank you in advance.

Ok, my mom has an aloe plant

By Spazz Monkey

Ok, my mom has an aloe plant in our kitchen. It sits up ontop of the fridge. It ha a few pieces that are dried up and dead but otherwise the rest of it seems nice as dark green and healthy, some of them are pretty tall,maybe 18 inches or more.
I just snipped off about an inch off the tip of one she had previously cut a piece off of and from the first cut a brownish liquid came from it and the insides (gel?) looks brown but still clear ish? Looking at it now the end I just snipped off looks brown/black. My mom says the gel was still clear but the inner wall was what was brown. Any ideas what this could be and how we might fix it? She says it used to be normal, I don't know when te last time she cut a piece was. Thanks

the brown liquid comes from

By MummyBlaze

the brown liquid comes from the wall of the leaf.. It is quite bitter and simply means the leaf is mature. There is nothing wrong with it except that I believe it can stain clothing. You can let it drain on a paper towel and then proceed to use the clear gel.

Thank you.

By Banjosonja

Thank you.

Can you cut up (1 inch

By Sandra T

Can you cut up (1 inch pieces) from a young plant (4/5 inch tall) to regrow/restart aloe plants? Or did you always have to have pups to start regrowth?

Hi Sandra, Aloe vera plants

By Almanac Staff

Hi Sandra,
Aloe vera plants are propagated from the root and not leaf cuttings. Remove some soil from the mature plant and look for small "bulbs" on the roots. These pups can be removed and planted to get new plants.

I have an aloe vera plant

By tmacdonald

I have an aloe vera plant that has gotten so large it looks like it has at least four mother plants growing on it and tons of babies. it is so big I am fearful to transplanted into a bigger pot so I would like to take some of the mother plants off but I'm scared to do so without killing it because the roots are so far down in the pot any advice. I I think it is several aloe plants in one pot that looks really cool I just can't transplant its too big

Congrats on growing your Aloe

By Almanac Staff

Congrats on growing your Aloe Vera plant. Over time, all those "babies" or pups will the nutrients from the mother plant and the soil and the tips will go brown, so we advise that you transplant and repot all those pups. You may need to tip over the mother plant.
Tips: Wait until the pups have 5 to 8 leaves; by then, they're big enough to have their own rootballs and you can just tug them away. Repot the pups in dry soil. Then give the mother some fresh soil with lots of nutrients; water the mother as the large root ball can take it. She will be so happy to have those pups offloaded. Do not worry if the tips temporarily brown as she recovers.

I don't know if I can to it

By tmacdonald

I don't know if I can to it over it is extremely large and heavy. If I Tug on them do you think the roots will come out easily. I had it for several years and keep transplanting it the way it is but more it is so large I can't anymore. I wish I would have removed babies a couple Years ago before it for our of hand

Hello, and thank you for this

By StaceyBee

Hello, and thank you for this forum. I started with one aloe plant, just over 5 years ago. It was not a baby when I got it, but had no pups.

After a year, it grew an 18 inch tall beautiful orangey flower in only about a week or two, which I accidentally broke, and it has never grown another. Do you think it ever will? Is there a way to encourage the flowers? Are they rare, or?

In a short while it has had about 100 pups. I've separated many of them, but it is like a factory! I can't afford to re-pot all these babies; I don't want to through them away...don't have any friends to share with:(

The original plant is in a large, about 2 gallon clay pot. There are now about 2 other adults (meaning they've been there a while and have that root part a few inches above the soil), 20 teenagers, and 10 infants popped up in the last week. The "main mamma" has about 12 inches of the root above the soil and down over the edge of the pot, and the plant looks like it is, you know, growing up from the living room floor. Yes, it's really getting away me, and I know I need to do something, but...geese!

Anyway, in this "main" pot, they all look pretty good, actually. The adults are very nice, with large gel-filled leaves. All the babies look great. But, the teenagers, they are nice and green, and ok looking, but, many of the outer leaves are thin, curling a bit, and look empty/dehydrated.

I water them well, with filtered water about once a week. By the time I re-water, the soil is dry, down to at least 2-3 (or more) inches. They live on the floor, by a full length window that faces east. Any direct sunlight comes so early in the morning, and as far north as we are, it in very, very non-intense.

I currently have 4 other pots, that I've transferred pups into, and they don't do a whole lot. They aren't great, don't look sick, but remain small, and more or less wimpy (I never use their leaves). I can come up with 3-4 more pots, but that's about all.

I'm wondering if you have some advise? I would really appreciate it! Let me know if I forgot anything, um, although I'm already sorry this is so long.

Thank You so much!

Stacey, Vancouver, WA

I just wanted to say, I'm

By StaceyBee

I just wanted to say, I'm thinking the mid sized plants may be getting root rot, and are unable to take up the water. Maybe this is occurring because there are so many plants in the pot. I am going to fix the situation, as best as I'm able. Thank you again!

You are lucky to have so many

By Almanac Staff

You are lucky to have so many nice plants. Your best bet is to repot the crowded plants and give them some new soil to grow in. Good luck!

what you meant by "Then, dip

By sarahlily

what you meant by "Then, dip the cut end of the leaf in rooting hormone?" I have an aloe plant in my garden.I started using the juice inside the leaf recently and i wonder how i can plant a new plant. and also how to the old aloe plant i have alive, until my new aloe plant grows as big as this one. so how can anyone be assistance to my need???:)

We've revised the text above

By Almanac Staff

We've revised the text above to clarify. Aloe plants produce offsets or plantlets or "babies" that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant.  Knock your Aloe out of its pot and find where the offsets are attached. Sever them from the mother plant with a knife. Allow the cuts on the offsets and the mother plant to callus over for a day or two. Pot them in a standard potting mix. Put in a sunny location. Wait a week to water and keep the soil on the dry side.

Almanac staff, i got an email

By Sarahsara

Almanac staff, i got an email saying you posted an answer to my post from a few hours ago, but i do not see your answer.

Ah i see it now. Sorry.

By Sarahsara

Ah i see it now. Sorry.

Hi! I brought with me from my

By Sarahsara

Hi! I brought with me from my vacation in Tenerife 2 of those little aloe vera plants that they sell in like cosmetic stores in Tenerife. They're little babies still, but one of them got very damaged in the baggage, all the "leaves", i dont know if they're called leaves on aloe but all the green parts that are over the ground got broken, so I cut them off and if I keep the remaining part, the little root, in the pot can it grow back or is it dead? And is there something I can do to help?
I'm not sure if the root is still alive because it was green the first day and now, 2 days later, it seems like kinda brown.

As long as the root is OK the

By Almanac Staff

As long as the root is OK the plant may come back. Just keep the soil moist and put it in a sunny spot.

Thank you! I was afraid it

By Sarahsara

Thank you! I was afraid it got darker because i put too much water, to try to save it, but you say it should be moist so i guess its good.

I have always heard/read that

By jvslen

I have always heard/read that an aloe is a type of cacti..which does not require much water. However, my plants seem to crawl out of the
soil. Am I not watering enough? Is the plant trying to absorb the
humidity in the air? I am confused

It sounds like your plant is

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like your plant is healthy but needs a bigger pot. Repot the aloe vera in a bigger pot with more soil. You may also be able to remove a piece of the root and start a new plant in a small container.

Hello, I have been trying to

By Jennyren

Hello,

I have been trying to grow some cuttings off a healthy aloe plant i own and the cuttings keep rotting from the bottom and then the cutting ends up getting weak and flops over and goes brown and shrives up. I have tried cutting off the brown and white rot from the base and starting again, but they continue to rot. No roots seem to spout out of them either, they just get soft and weak and then flop over. I use cacti soil, dip the ends in hormone growth, don't over water and they are in a warm room with indirect sun light. I have even tried keeping a light on them at night, because its currently winter and i thought maybe they were not getting enough light. Please help, im down to my last cuttings out of 6 and they are all dying!

Aloe vera plants are

By Almanac Staff

Aloe vera plants are propagated from the root and not leaf cuttings. Remove some soil from the mature plant and look for small "bulbs" on the roots. These "bulbs" can be removed and planted to get new plants.

My Dad planted an Aloe

By Sourav Bhowmick

My Dad planted an Aloe plantlet 4 days back in a tub.. Its leaves are turning yellow! What can be done?
(Tub is placed on our roof, and its ~8-15℃ winters here)

We're not clear what you mean

By Almanac Staff

We're not clear what you mean by tub. Set the plantlets into a prepared rooting medium directly into 1-gallon (3.8 L)
containers. Once rooted, the offsets will start growing and
a regular regime of fertilizing (with a soluble fertilizer) can
begin.

Hi! I bought two aloe plants

By CarrieAhrens

Hi!
I bought two aloe plants at a grocery store. They both are healthy on the window ledge in the kitchen.
However, one has a white substance (mold??) growing on the top of the soil. My husband turned it into the soil (I'm not sure why) and I'm pretty sure I caught a whiff of mold in the air when he did that.

Question: Why would one plant get it and not the other? (they are very close on the window sill) and 2. if it is a mold...should I get rid of the plant? replant in mold free soil??

I don't want to waste a good plant but I'm not sure if they mold would be just living on the soil or somehow affect the purity of the plant.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Hi Carrie, Not sure if you

By Almanac Staff

Hi Carrie,
Not sure if you have white mold or if it may be mealybugs (scale insects covered in fine white fluff). If it is mealybugs you can treat them with neem oil (organic oil found in garden centers) or spray the bugs with rubbing alcohol (try not to get the alcohol in the soil).

Hi! Thank you for the

By CarrieAhrens

Hi!
Thank you for the response.
I have some neem oil....how exactly would I use it?
Thanks,
Carrie

I RESCUED MY ALOE AT A

By JANICE LADYTAZZ SMITH

I RESCUED MY ALOE AT A WALMART IN MISSISSIPPI. IT WAS SO TINY(2 IN) AND FRAIL AND JUST ABOUT TO DIE. I BROUGHT IT HOME AND HAVE REPOTTED IT SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS AND IT IS NOW ABOUT 18 INCHES TALL AND HAS ITS FIRST BLOOM! I HAVE LEARNED THAT PLACING ABOUT 2 INCES OF GRAVEL IN THE BOTTOM OF THE POT BEFORE THE SOIL HELPS WITH EXCESS WATER DRAINAGE. SHE GETS ALL THE MORNING SUN SHE CAN HANDLE AND I TALK TO MY PLANTS AND MOVE THEM AROUND EVERY OTHER WEEK.

My aloe plant has grown very

By Marisa Loranger

My aloe plant has grown very tall and I don't know what to do to keep it up straight. I have used wooden stakes but it has cut into the leaves and ruined them/ taken them right off.

It sounds as if your plant is

By Almanac Staff

It sounds as if your plant is now too big for the pot. A container that's one or two sizes larger may make it more stable.

is it necessary to grow aloe

By Sadaqat Ali

is it necessary to grow aloe in a pot, not possible to grow on ground direct,
Please advise

If Aloe Vera is growing in

By Almanac Staff

If Aloe Vera is growing in its natural environment, of course it is better to grow in the ground, as nature intended. It really depends on where you live. If you live in a desert-like climate such as Southern California, it will grow outside with ease. If you live in northern climates, it is best grown as a houseplant.
 
 
 

I have Aloe Plants that I

By Jill Kotsoglou

I have Aloe Plants that I have had for many, many years. I re-pot from time-to-time and certainly share them with friends.
My question is this: I've noticed that my plants don't all have the heavy, thick, juicy leaves that they used to have. Are they just getting "old"? Am I doing something wrong that they don't seem as "juicy" as they used to??
Thanks

Do you give away the pups? If

By Almanac Staff

Do you give away the pups? If you do not remove the new shoots, they will suck the life from the mother plant.

What's the best way to remove

By grich

What's the best way to remove the pups and start them in a new pot?? should i cut a big piece of root when i take them out? thanks

I already planted aleo vera

By Anonymous

I already planted aleo vera from the existing one. The previous leaves were good enough but now it doesn't grow any leaves not expands. It's not in direct sunlight(it's inside room) and I'm watering as per instruction mentioned. The pot is big enough and with good drainage as well. I have pot in two different pots and both have same condition. Please help me I'm trying since long and there is no improvement.

It may take a little time for

By Almanac Staff

It may take a little time for the plant to start growing new leaves again. If possible move it closer to the window or add some artificial light.

Well it is almost a year the

By Anonymous

Well it is almost a year the is no growth of the plant and nor leaves. I'd move to sunlight area now. Prior it was kept in room where there is indirect sunlight.

I hope to see a response from my plant soon. Thanks for your time and help.

I have a large aloe vera, and

By Cindy Gray

I have a large aloe vera, and several smaller ones growing in the same pot. Is it ok to transplant the smaller ones to another pot. Also, how low can it get before I have to bring them inside for the winter. Thanks

Hi Cindy, The aloe vera does

By Almanac Staff

Hi Cindy,
The aloe vera does not survive a hard frost. The leaves are about 95% water, so they freeze very fast. Bring your plant indoors before the temp. dips below 32 degrees.
You can plant the smaller aloe vera plants in another pot. See propagation and planting information on this page.
 

Sir i want to grown of aloe

By RAMAN KUMAR

Sir i want to grown of aloe vera plant across 2 acre field. wich type of soil and environment are required to grown of aloe vera plant.

I have several Aloe plants

By Gerrie

I have several Aloe plants some several years old. They have grown tall but the lover leaves ?? have died off leaving a stock 6 - 8 inches tall. They are getting top heavy. What do I do? Cut off some of the stocks and the roots? Re pot in a deeper pot with the dirt up to the next leaves? I have 5-7 of these, some 18ins tall and across. I have not seen any of this type of problem in any of my books. Thank you , Gerrie

I have a similar problem. My

By gluziel

I have a similar problem. My plant is older, indoors, very large, almost 2ft high above the dirt. At one point, it did not receive enough sun (I assume) and its main trunk lays horizontal (about 5 in.) with the dirt. But the very tall leaves are upright.
If I cut that trunk back as suggested, peel it and repot the plant; all of the roots will be lost.
Can the large upper part of the aloe survive while a new root structure is growing to support it?? It seems like that would take awhile and the huge upper leaves would die. Thank you.

Hi Gerrie, Cut the stem about

By Almanac Staff

Hi Gerrie,
Cut the stem about an inch below the green active part of the plant. Peel off the brown skin and dead leaves until you see the stem. Insert the stem into potting mix in a pot and water. It will soon develop new roots. 

I have a couple of aloe

By merrimon

I have a couple of aloe plants I'm moved around with me for at least 6-8 years. I an currently unable to keep them outside which I was able to do previously for all but the winter months. I think the sunlight situation is ok where I'm keeping them, but now I've noticed a sticky residue that is coming from the plant. The leaves look alright as far as I can tell, but the plant is making a real mess! What is causing this and what should I do to stop it?

Spray the plants with water

By Almanac Staff

Spray the plants with water and wipe off the sticky residue. Make sure that you don't have an insect pests (scale insects can be a problem). Water only when the soil is dry.

I have an aloe plant and I

By Kaitie

I have an aloe plant and I keep it inside by my window with indirect sunlight and water it exactly how I should: when the soil is a couple inches dry and just enough water to barely see seep through the bottom of the pot. But lately, the tips have turned brown and started to curl sideways slightly .. And I can't put it outside bc it's 20-40 degrees currently. Do you think I need a bigger pot?

Brown tips can be caused by

By Almanac Staff

Brown tips can be caused by drying of the soil, too much water or too much artifical heat. Repot your plant in a bigger planter with nice quick-draining soil (cactus mix works well). Keep it in a sunny window but make sure that it's not too close to a heat vent or radiator.
Good luck!

One thing most people don't

By Ruth Bass-Burgess

One thing most people don't think about is their WATER. Even (or especially) if it's city water, that doesn't mean it's good enough for the plant! (Has there been gas or oil well drilling in the area?) Either catch rain water (assuming it's not too acidic), FILTER your water, or get lake, pond, or river water to water with.

I have just re potted my

By glen wallace

I have just re potted my indoor outdoor aloe its 2.5 ft tall and about 2 ft across because it ended up completltey sideways this summer with a bunch of pups shooting up in the other direction..If it does survive how long will they live in a pot its about 3 years old now

Hi Glen, Aloe vera plants can

By Almanac Staff

Hi Glen,
Aloe vera plants can last for many, many years. Just keep the plant happy with nice well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. Remove some of the pups as they appear so that the mohter plant will have more room to grow. Repot when needed.

please help. my aloe plant

By Anon Lexiluther

please help. my aloe plant keeps sprouting more and more babies by the day and i am pretty sure it is killing the main one. what should I do?

Brush away some of the

By Almanac Staff

Brush away some of the potting mix at the soil line so you can see where the babies connect to the main plant. Use a clean knife to cut off the babies. If the babies have roots replant them in new pots with fresh soil.

When should I plant the aloe

By Nani

When should I plant the aloe seed?

Someone told me that having

By Rajendra Rajani

Someone told me that having Aloe Vera plant in a room will keep away mosquitos. Is it true? My bedroom is air-conditioned, but some how a few mosquitos squeeze in and I would be happy to have this plant if it helps.

I have heard that lavender,

By Bobbie D

I have heard that lavender, some sages, or vanilla can also repel mosquitoes.

We know that aloe vera gel

By Almanac Staff

We know that aloe vera gel sooths a mosquito bite and that aloe vera gel can be found in oils and creams that repel mosquitoes. We are not sure if the plant itself is a repellent.
 

My aloe is my late

By Spanishnerd2006

My aloe is my late grandmothers and is 30years old. When we moved it to my house after she passed away in April and it started to die so I had it professionally repotted and the babies removed/repotted. The mother plant had a main root of about 9 inches long and it is 2ish feet tall. He cut all but about 6 inches off the rooot, repotted and watered it. Since then I have had it in a room near a window that gets sun with only a short amount of time where it gets actual direct sun. This room is on the west side so it gets afternoon sun but is shielded by a porch. I’ve noticed some of the leaves seemed soft so I dug out around the root only to find that all but maybe2 inches had root rot. I got a new clay pot, cactus potting mix, and cut away all the rotted root (I hope). With that said, there are two leaves that need to be removed but I don’t know if 1. I should cut them off since they will be beneath the dirt because so much of the root has been removed (I don’t want anymore rot), 2. If I should water it directly after it is replanted, and 3. If there is anything I can put in the soil to keep the root rot at bay. Please help if you can, Im desperate to keep my grandmothers plant alive.

First, I would like to ask

By nikki_skyy

First, I would like to ask you exactly what "indirect sunlight" refers to. My aloe plant is in my dorm in my window sill but my dorm window faces neither the sunset nor the sunrise, so my room is illuminated but there is an overhang so that there is never sunlight shining into my room directly.

Secondly, i just re-potted it and am not sure if the pot I have is too small. My aloe plant is very little and the pot is about 3 inches in diameter. I have watered it twice in the last 5 days but it has been very small amounts of water. the soil feels normal but leaves are starting to curl, no more than 45-50 degrees but I am still worried that it could be a sign of something I am doing wrong. Please let me know if there is anything else I can be doing.

It sounds like your aloe

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like your aloe plant is getting indirect sunlight. That just means that the plant gets light without the sun shining directly on it. Only water the plant when the soil feels dry to about an inch or two down in the soil--which is about once or twice a week usually. At that time, give it a thorough soaking--but not so that the soil is soggy. Do not let the pot stand in water--pour off any excess. In winter, water even less. Your aloe's new pot should be at least 2 inches wider than the pot it was previously in.

I keep my aloe plant outside,

By trika f

I keep my aloe plant outside, partly shade and sunny. But the aloe will always turn red and curl up, during these days I'v been watering them every day but they still won't recover. Did i do any thing wrong?
Ps: Its currently summer.

Some aloes will turn reddish

By Almanac Staff

Some aloes will turn reddish at the tips during drought, but since you are watering every day, that's not the case. However, aloes do not like lots of water--too much may cause the leaves to curl and become mushy, and the roots to rot. (Curling leaves, and red-tipped leaves, can also be just a feature of the variety.) Only water the plant when the soil feels dry to about an inch or two down in the soil--which is about once or twice a week usually. At that time, give it a thorough soaking--but not so that the soil is soggy. Do not let the pot stand in water--pour off any excess. In winter, water even less.

I just got my aloe plant, but

By Aloe Blemish Identification

I just got my aloe plant, but it has deep, brown holes on the leaves. It kind of looks like someone poked leaves with their nails, but I wanted to make sure this is not a serious disease.
I want to know any way to cure my plant. Thanks!

Holes in aloe leaves may be

By Almanac Staff

Holes in aloe leaves may be due to several things. Most probably, it would be physical injury, such as by pests like mice or other rodents, grasshoppers, and snails, which will chew leaves. If the holes were originally appearing as water-soaked areas, this could be due to overwatering/not enough drainage, or possibly a disease. Be sure to water the plant only when the soil feels dry from 1 inch to 2 inches deep. Also, check for signs of pests. Be sure that there is plenty of air circulation, and that the plant has good drainage. If you are concerned about disease, you might take a photo of your leaves and plant to a local garden nursery--the horticulturist there might be able to help you.

can aloe vera good for

By erhyka

can aloe vera good for treating diabetes?

According to the University

By Almanac Staff

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Preliminary studies suggest that aloe juice may help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. More research is needed to determine whether aloe is helpful for diabetes."

you have got to be kidding

By Kathy Ramsey

you have got to be kidding me. How much do you smear on> Would love moreinformation

Lol, you don't smear it on,

By kelly h.

Lol, you don't smear it on, you eat it :-) fillet the mature leaf like a fish, the clear gel inside is what you want, the dark green outside is useful but REALLY bitter. As to much you would to eat to help diabetes? I'm not sure. I eat about a six inch fillet everyday for acid reflux, haven't had to take OTC drugs for it in 2 years.

my aloe is in part sun and

By tammy weiner

my aloe is in part sun and part shade and i have been watering it about every 12 days and and it is changing color and looks like a piece may fall off i do not know if it is the sunlight amount or the soil

It It sounds as if you may be

By Almanac Staff

It It sounds as if you may be overwatering your aloe vera. Let it dry out. When you put your finger in the soil and it's dry down to an inch below the surface, give it a thorough watering.

It is summer in upstate ny

By adnilorotrot

It is summer in upstate ny and i decided to plant my very large and my smaller aloe plant outside, in an area that is partial sun/shade. I took a risk doing this, I know. Should I leave them outside or bring them back into the house in the containers?

Your aloe probably enjoys the

By Almanac Staff

Your aloe probably enjoys the outdoors but it will definitely need to come inside for winter in your zone. Gently lift and plant in a container with cactus mix or a sterile potting soil with sand and pumice. Aloe needs to drain well. PIck a container that is 3 to 5 times the size of the root ball and plant in the medium up to the root ball. Do not water often in winter! Twice a month might be enough.

Growing aloe from seed...I

By Jillian

Growing aloe from seed...I got my aloe to sprout! I have about 6-8 sprouts about 3/4 of an inch high and I repotted them. I used a potting mix of sphagnum peat, horticultural vermiculite, perlite, wetting agent and lime. But they are not growing anymore. I do wait for the soil to dry before watering and I have them in a sunny window. They just kind of stalled out on me. What am I doing wrong? Thanks

The problem could be the

By Almanac Staff

The problem could be the placement in a sunny window. Aloe requires indirect sunlight.
Good luck!

Please advise if i can grow

By Aadharsh

Please advise if i can grow my aloe vera plant inside the room. There is no sunlight falls inside the room. however there is CFL lights which will fall on it for more than 5-8 hours a day. I'm staying alone in a room so cannot keep the plant outside.
I would need to using the Aloe gel on face daily. so can i cut the bottom most (elder ones) leaves bit by bit for my daily use. if I'm cutting small small pieces everyday from the plant, what about the yellow sap?
Please advise.. How to manage this for my daily use.

You should be able to grow

By Margaret Boyles

You should be able to grow aloe plants indoors, Aadharsh, but they like a lot of light.

I'd suggest buying CFL "grow-lights" of "sunlight" bulbs for your lighting fixtures. Leave the lights on above your aloe plants for at least 10 hours a day.

You could also suspend an inexpensive 2-bulb fluorescent shop light over your aloes. You can grow a lot of aloes in a four-foot span!

Don't worry about the yellow sap produced when you cut a partial aloe leaf; that's just the plant's way of healing its wound. Just keep clipping to the base of the leaf, pinching off the wounded edge before you squeeze the gel onto your face.

If I wanted to snip a leaf to

By Isabel

If I wanted to snip a leaf to use the gel for a burn, will it continue to grow if I only cut half or 1 third of it? Or is it better to cut closer to the stalk?

Any place you cut along the

By Almanac Staff

Any place you cut along the leaf will heal, but the leaf will not regrow. The best gel is in the outer, lower, more mature leaves. You can cut a portion of the leaf, squeeze it, and rub the emerging gel directly on a burn. But, this method often does not reach the most potent aloe gel in each leaf.

To get the most (and best) gel, use a knife to remove an entire healthy, green leaf from the plant, cutting close to the base. Stand the leaf upright for about 15 minutes to drain out a lot of the yellow sap (which you don't want). Then cut off the tip and the toothed edges of the leaf. Make a "fillet" cut lengthwise to remove the top portion of skin from the leaf. Scoop out the mucilage and gel. Don't press too hard while scooping, or you may get the yellow sap.

Aloe Vera Flower

By Anonymous

For the last 3 years my aloe has sprouted a flower. But the flower doesn't open. I don't change the watering habits or lighting or temperature but it won't open. Why? Also, for the last 2 years I have needed to take the babies out but that's at the same time it's flowering. Can I still remove the babies even though it's flowering or should I wait?

It's rare that an aloe will

By Almanac Staff

It's rare that an aloe will bloom in the house. You could try moving your pot outdoors during the summer as long as you remember to bring them back indoors prior to the first fall freeze. If you wish to remove the "babies" or pups, the best time is to wait until they have roots (about 2 inches tall). Then use a clean knife to cut at their base.

Aloe

By Anonymous

help,my aloe vera has long thin (leaves?)instead of the broad plump leaves. It is in indirect bright light, watered only when the soil dries and well drained. What am I doing wrong?
ps I bought it at walmart as a 4 inch and it has grown well

When aloe leaves appear limp

By Almanac Staff

When aloe leaves appear limp and/or thin, it means the plant needs to be watered more frequently. This a sign that the plant is using up its own inner moisture stores.

thin leaves / spindly stalks

By beky

thin leaves / spindly stalks in many plants could also indicate an incorrect light mixture. eg) if your window has a tint to it it can block or limit certain colours of light. or if you use artificial lighting there may not be a full spectrum. i can't remember right now but i think different coloured light encourages growth in different areas and effects the production of some plant hormones.

repotting

By butterkup37

I have a very large aloe with many babies, do I have to let the parent plant wither before separating? I would hate to lose te parent aloe, it's so big and beautiful even though I've used it regularly. Is November a bad time to repot? They've run out of rm.

aloe babies

By Almanac Staff

We have revised the "Care" text of this article re: leaf cuttings to avoid confusion.

For the mother plant, by all means continue to care for it; it should live a long, healthy life. You can leave the babies (called pups, offshoots, or offsets) with the mom; they should not harm a healthy mom, unless the pot becomes overcrowded. Or, you can separate the pups from the mom when the pups grow to about 3 inches or more. Each pup may be connected to the mother plant by an underground stem called a stolon. Use a knife to cut the stolon, separating the pup from the mother plant and leaving as much stolon attached to the pup as possible. With some pups, you can just gently pull them up out of the soil. Make sure you keep any of the pup's roots and leaves intact.

At this stage, some gardeners like to set the pups aside for a day or two to let the cut end callus over, which can help deter diseases. Then, place the pup in a pot filled with cacti/succulent potting mix, covering the stolon with soil and letting the leaves rest just on the soil surface. Water the plant and place the pot in part sun. Allow the soil to dry between waterings.

As to repotting, early spring is best, although fall is OK, too. It may be harder on the plant in winter, when the plant is dormant.

Growing aloe vera

By Anonymous

My aloe vera is about 10" with 6 tall leaves & 1 new shoot. 2 of the leaves slipped right off the root & the bases were shrivelled, black & the juice had turned red at the bottoms. I tried repotting them but they continued to rot. I have them in indirect but bright, filtered ambient lighted area. Whats wrong with my plant? How do I prevent the whole thing from dying?

aloe vera care

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like the plant is receiving the correct light. Black leaves may be due to exposure to cold or freezing temperatures, such as if it is near a drafty window when it is below 40 degrees F outside. But a more common problem is overwatering, which can cause root rot. This can appear as yellow, brown, or black leaves, and dark brown to black roots. To prevent, let the soil dry out between waterings. Aloes, being succulents, do not require a lot of water. Check the soil about 1 to 2 inches deep; if it is dry, then water deeply. You may not need to water again until 2 or 3 weeks have passed; in winter, water it even less frequently. Also make sure that you are using a potting mix that is good for succulents/cacti, which allows plenty of drainage. Clay pots are ideal because they allow the potting mix to dry faster; aloes have shallow roots and appreciate a wide pot.

To help your plant recover, place it in a warm area in indirect light, away from drafts, and let it dry out. Remove any roots that are dark brown or black. Remove any leaves that are black or brown. If the crown of the plant still seems healthy, firm, and green, then once you remove the damaged tissue, it might recover. If the crown is damaged, then the plant may not recover. In this case, you can try taking a cutting of a healthy leaf to start another plant. Good luck!

How many inches deep should

By kathrynwhetstone

How many inches deep should the dirt be? and how wide should my aloe pot be? It is about 6 inches tall and 5 in wide

The pot does not need to be

By Almanac Staff

The pot does not need to be very deep. Aloe vera has shallow roots. Use a pot that is about 2 inches wider than the root ball.

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