How to Grow Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a popular succulent plant that has many different uses. It has been used for treating burns, insect bites and other skin problems for thousands of years. Some aloe Vera plant varieties are also ingested for their health benefits. Their sap can be mixed with tea and other beverages.

Aloe Vera is also grown as an ornamental house plant. It is easy to plant and cultivate, yet grows slowly. It can thrive both in an indoor and outdoor environment. Aloe Vera can grow as small as an inch and as tall as a foot,
depending on the variety.

Here are a few tips to follow when growing aloe Vera.

Materials Needed

  • Aloe Vera
  • Garden plot or gardening pots
  • Fertilizer

Ways to Grow Aloe Vera

  1. Preparing the Gardening Site
    • When planting indoors, plant the aloe Vera in rich soil that has a mixture of sand, compost, and pebbles. Ensure that the pot has good drainage. Use a wide pot rather than a deep one as aloe Vera roots spread outwards.
    • Prepare a glass frame if you are planning to put it in a greenhouse. The glass frame will protect the aloe Vera from the cold.
    • Aloe Vera plants may be planted directly in the ground when planting outdoors. Ensure that the soil you are planting them in drains easily. You may mix small rocks with the soil to aid in draining.

  2. Aloe Vera Propagation
    • Aloe Vera is propagated by transplanting offshoots from the mother plant. Simply pull out the baby plants and repot or transplant them. Give the baby aloe Vera a little bit more water than what a mature plant would need. Your baby aloe Vera should start to grow and mature in a few weeks.
    • Aloe Vera plants also sometimes produce flowers if they are well planted in a suitable environment. The flowers will produce seeds which you can plant in the ground. Take note that aloe Vera plants grown indoors do not produce flowers.

  3. Watering Requirements
    • Water your aloe Vera plants every two weeks, or once a month if they are grown in a cool and shaded area outdoors. Do the same for aloe Vera plants planted indoors.
    • Aloe Vera plants grown in a hot environment should be watered once or twice a week.
    • Too much or too little water will shrivel up the leaves and turn them yellow or brown. The leaves will eventually turn into dry husks.

  4. Sunlight
    • Aloe Vera plants prefer full sun. However, it is not advisable to plant them in direct sunlight as this could burn the leaves and cause the plants to dry out quickly. This could also cause the aloe Vera plants to be susceptible to diseases. Keep them in the shade when planting outdoors.
    • If grown indoors, place aloe Vera plants near a window that receives a lot of light. Ensure that the rays of the sun do not come in direct contact with the plant.

  5. Taking Care of Aloe Vera Plants
    • Regularly weed out your plants to keep the soil’s acidic pH. Ammonium nitrate may also be added to the soil annually as a supplement.
    • Do not water aloe Vera plants too much in order to avoid root rot.
    • Set aloe Vera plants grown indoors outside every once in a while, especially when it is warmer. The plants may not thrive as much or grow properly because of the cooler temperature indoors.