Aloe Vera Plant


An aloe plant grows well both indoors, in a very bright spot, as a houseplant, and outdoors in warms climates. There are over 500 species of flowering succulent plants in the aloe genus. Surprisingly, aloe plants belong to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family and are relatives of the flowering lily plant. There are over 500 species of the succulent aloe plant that is thought to have originated in the hot and dry regions of Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, Southern Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Canary Islands. Today aloe plants can be found growing in dry, warm areas throughout the world. The most popular indoor variety is the Aloe Vera or “true aloe” plant  (Aloe barbadensis miller. Historically, an aloe vera plant has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years in such places as Egypt, Greece, China, Japan, and India. Today, the sap is often used to soothe minor burns and irritations which is how the plant got its nicknames, “Medicine plant” or “Wonder Plant”. The gelatinous sap found in the leaves is also used in women’s cosmetics. A small aloe vera plant is a perfect for a sunny spot in your kitchen, quickly available in case you burn yourself while cooking.

Aloe Vera Plant Description

An aloe vera plant has little or no stems to speak of. The stemless rosettes of long, fleshy, green-gray leaves have sharp, serrated edges, so be very careful when handling the plant. The leaves, which can be as tall as 2ft, have several layers. It is the inner layer that contains the medicinal gel. Because of the cactus like nature and the sharp teeth on the leaves, an aloe vera plant is sometimes erroneously referred to as a “Desert Cactus.” Although an indoor aloe vera plant rarely blooms; when grown outside, it produces long spikes with yellow, white, or red tubular flowers at the top. When small, an aloe vera plant can be used as a table plant and, as it matures, a floor plant


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Quick Care Tips for an Aloe Vera Plant

Provide very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and some morning sun

During the winter allow the soil to totally dry out

Aloe plants prefer nighttime temperatures that are 10° cooler than daytime temperatures

Easily propagated from Stem CuttingsLearn how to propagate plants using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, cane cuttings, and branch cuttings. or plant divisionLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at


Although the sap is frequently used medicinally, aloe vera plants are considered poisonous if eaten and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are toxic to dogs, cats, and children in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants


Why Does My Aloe Vera Plant Get Soft Mushy Leaves?

Aloe Vera Plants get mushy leaves when they are over-watered. Allow the soil to thoroughly dry out or the roots rot and the plant dies.

How Can I Stop My Top-heavy Aloe Vera From Falling Over? Do Aloe Vera Plants Need to Be Staked?

Planting an Aloe Vera in a heavy pot that is deeper rather than wider prevents the plant from falling over.

How Do You Propagate an Aloe Vera Plant?

Aloe Vera plants are propagated by small plants called offsets or suckers that grow around the base of the main plant. Carefully remove these offsets, plant them in a small pot of loose soil, water well, and place the container in a warm, dry, sunny location. Aloe Vera plants root very easily.

Why Are the Long Thick Leaves of My Aloe Vera Plant Getting Almost Transparent on One Side? I Know I Am Not Over -watering Because I Always Let the Soil Totally Dry Out.

I think your Aloe Vera plant is getting leaf damage because the air around the plant is too cold. These are very sensitive to low temperatures so never allow Aloe vera leaves to touch a cold window, keep them away from air conditioning and cold drafts.