Helpful Notes For The Medicine Plant Aloe Vera

Buying Tips:

  • Succulent usually grows slowly inside–purchase a large, mature one if possible. If a young one is your only option, it’s still suitable for first aid treatments–just know it will take a few years to get large.
  • Young aloe is potent enough for health remedies, but the mature one offers a stronger potency, strength does increase as it ages.

General Care & Maintenance:

  • It can be grown indoors or outdoors though it commonly turns brown in harsh sun so choose a location in indirect light.
  • Will freeze, protect it during frost dangers. Not suitable for wintering over in cold weather zones.
  • Thrives outside better than inside, yet still makes a good indoor houseplant.
  • Choose well-drained sandy potting soil, a good quality commercial mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand are added is recommended. Cacti and succulent mixes may also be used. Source: Wikipedia.
  • Remember this is a succulent, don’t overwater.
  • Allow the soil to become fairly dry. Water sparingly during winter months since the drying out will be slower.
  • If potting, ensure there is a drainage hole so liquid drains easily.

Repotting:

  • If it is rootbound, it gets top heavy and sends out more new shoots or pups, repot.
  • Remove new shoots when they are 3 to 4 inches high and replant in their own pots. If you don’t, they suck life from the mother. Signs it’s happening: The mother becomes bright green and spreads horizontally rather than vertically.
  • Water the pups well when repotting then don’t again for about 3 weeks, forcing the new roots to get strong and seek moisture. They may turn grey or brown initially which is normal. These make great gifts so give freely!

Symptoms Of Poor Care (Leaves):

  • Lie flat instead of upright: usually because of insufficient light.
  • Thin and curled: too dehydrated and now using up its own liquid.
  • Are Brown: located in direct sun.
  • Very slow growth: High alkaline soil or water; too damp for too long; not enough light; too much fertilizer.

Removing Pieces:

  • Harvest as you need, the wound is quickly sealed and healed. The leaf will not come back, choose those closest to the ground as they are the most mature and most potent.

For Health Treatments

For benefits and home remedies, see this page.

How To Cut:

  • Slice with a clean, sharp knife.
  • Trim the thorny edges from the severed piece, then slice across its width. The inner transparent, gooey gel is ready to be applied directly to the afflicted area. Use generously, it’s absorbed by the skin within several minutes.
  • After the gel from the first layer of ruptured cells has run dry, scratch the surface with a clean knife to rupture more cells, releasing juice. Can be continued until there is nothing but green skin left.

How Long A Cut Piece Lasts:

  • Wrap partially used slices in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate, it will last for days.

To Consume:

  • The colorless pulp is tasteless, but first rinse off the bitter yellow sap. Peel the green skin from the pulp, then rinse off the sap.

Source – More complete notes & information found in the booklet:

The Ancient Egyptian Medicine Plant Aloe Vera Hand Book
Author: Max B. Skousen

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Comments

    • gloria
    Reply

    I’ve just been given a baby plant from a friend and have no idea where to store it or how many times to water it. Help

      • Elaniey
      Reply

      You can story it inside or outside if its small I would keep it in the house by a window and if its big then I’d keep it outside. Keep it warm in cold weather and I water mine when the soil is dry if the soil is moist or wet then wait until its dry.

    • Nicole
    Reply

    Agh James I just answered your question but Safari crashed! Here we go again… Let them get a few inches high before removing them. Waiting awhile will have them steal nutrients from the mother. Do not water when you replant them. The leaves are soggy because they are getting TOO much water. The pups may get brown, but not wither, which is normal. However, if you suspect they are brown from too much direct sunlight, move them to an indirect spot and spray with some water. Note, spray not water. Water them 2-3 weeks after repotting them.

    I have a few questions. Well established aloes won’t take nutrients from each other will they? I have 3 in a long rectangular plastic pot. The aloes are 7-8 high, unrelated (not clones or mothers/daughters) and 5in apart from each other. It is normal potting soil will some sand and part of an orange peel (help them get nutrients they lacked from lowe’s soil).

    How do I get rid of brown spots? I know it is from a disease they had before. Can I slice them off (the spots) and will the plant heal with green skin? I have a cut in a leaf (the leaf isn’t cut off but just has a small cut in it) from accidentally nipping it with a knife. Will this heal? I know leaves that are cut off won’t heal.

    Why are the very tips of my aloes squishy? It’s not mushy, just a little bit soft. It is only on the middle one and only two out of seven leaves had it. I don’t think it is too much water, but is it? They accidentally got broken off but the leaves were closed at the end they broke off from. Like when they got taken off, the new tip where the old one came off from, is closed. It did not close overnight but it was like that. I don’t think that will grow now. I will try and answer your questions too!

    • James
    Reply

    I have a huge Aloe in my bedroom. Last year I was getting ready to repot it and it tipped over, falling on the floor and spilling a lot of dirt. I immediately repotted it, but the spine was crooked and leaning to one side. For a while a number of the leaves withered and fell off and I was afraid it was going to die. It was down to about four healthy leaves, but then it came back and now has many healthy leaves and is sprouting babies like crazy.

    Whenever I harvest the babies, they often wither and die, or several leaves so before they come back. It seems like most of the plant turns mushy and rots, yet eventually the “good” leaves prevail and usually it grows into a healthy plant. it has continued to grow and is now bigger than ever,

    My problem is that I think I let the pups grow too much before I harvest them, and when I try to dig them out I find that the roots have entangled with the mother’s root. If I try to seperate them, sometimes I the pups will die shortly after replanting and sometimes both the mother and pups will die. I think (but I don’t know) that this is from letting the pups get too big before repotting. Anyway, I need to get the pups off my big plant before they harm it, but I’m afraid I may harm one or both in the process. Can anybody tell me the best way to remove the pups?

    • Dean Clemens
    Reply

    I HAVE AN ALOE PLANT THAT IS GROWING OUT OF IT’S POT, wHAT TIME OF YEAR SHOULD I TRANS PLANT THIS PLANT? I live in the central valley in California.Zone # 9
    The plant is growing a long sprout out of the center, Looks like it might have flowers soon.( Looks like my cap lock was on when i stared this.)What color will the flowers be? I have never seen this before and i’m looking forward to when it does flower.The plant is out side in a two gal. pot.

      • Carla
      Reply

      Don’t do anything (if I’m not to late in getting to you) I have a speckled one in a twelve inch pot, not sure how old it is bc it was given to me but it’s been in my (non) care, lol, for three years and has bloomed all three. The bloom starts out as a single stem from center of plant, with a bud that looks like asparagus, the stem gets quite tall, you will see color appear in the bud, mine started mid Feb and is now over three feet high,and my flowers are just now opening. also,the flowers start upright but as it gets closer to the time of the flowers opening all the way, the flowers, which are tubular, well they bend down, like a hummingbird flower…quite spectacular. I followed the recommendation to leave it alone, it likes crowded I read. There are four babies growing under the oldest leaves but I left them there, I figure if mine’s blooming and no one else I know who has much bigger ones than mine and in much bigger pots – none of theirs bloom. Ever. It likes light, not too much watering, and tight quarters. Happy flowering!

    • Jennifer
    Reply

    My kids broke a lot of my leaves on my new aloe vera plant. Is there anyway to save it?

    • Lesley Zelmer
    Reply

    Can someone tell me what to do with the 2 ft stalk that is growing out of the center of my aloe vera plant?

    • kels
    Reply

    Hi I’m sending off for aloe vera seeds. As in the uk the weather is very changeable I will be growing the plant in the house for some time. My question is I’m totally new to this I’m using the tables and just started taking the drink. But thought growing the plant would be the next step.Could someone advise me on how to grow from seed plse

    • susan
    Reply

    hello i bought 2 plants t a yard sale and was told i could use them to grow others
    how do i do this,,,

    • Cathy Owens
    Reply

    After doing all the “right” things Aloe websites say to do and almost killing my plant many times, I put her in a bigger pot in my south facing kitchen window. Oh my! She has filled the pot with pups twice this year, up to 2 dozen at a time! Now, I have a question I haven’t seen asked here – she appears to be beginning to bloom! Over a foot tall with another coming. Looks a little like asparagus. Any more information you can give me would be appreciated. What should I expect now?

    • Trish
    Reply

    Three big pots of aloe vera were outside when it snowed and froze a few days ago – will they make it?

    • lynn
    Reply

    hi.. i want to know if i can put the aloe plant in water instead of sand till i get some sand .. i got it from my friend she gave it to me unpotted cuz i was gonna travel .. is it okay if it passes through the x-ray ?? or it will harm if i use it afterwards ?

    • Kathe
    Reply

    one of my aloe plants has a hard curly growth coming from the edges or centers of some of the leaves. The plant seems helthy and only 1 plant has this. Does anyone know what this is and if it is harmful?
    Thanks

    • karen
    Reply

    I have 2 aloes that were planted pups. I have now had them for about 4 years. They are out on my patio now in giant pots and get semi-shade. I am in S. CA, very hot and dry.
    Both of these aloes are now at least 3-4 feet across and about 4 feet tall. They are absolutely HUGE and HEAVY. Every year in the spring they bloom, tall stems with yellow “flowers”. Each year spring they get more stems shooting up with more flowers, this spring they each got 4- 3 ft. tall blooms.
    The only thing I ever do with them is cut off the so called leaves that threaten to break the pots, and some older giant leaves.
    They tolerate the rainy season here, last winter we got huge amounts of rain and they seem to have thrived from that.
    My secret to growing them this huge is to otherwise ignore them. I have not fertilized them. I water when the leaves start get soft and lose their firmness. That is the best way to tell when they need water.
    Every spring I look forward to the blooms. The hummingbirds love them.
    So my answer to luck with these is “ignore.”

    • rishard
    Reply

    HOW AND WHAERE CAN I GET THE ALOE PLANT?? OR THE SEEDS TO GROW ONE??
    HOW DO TRANS PLANT IT?? FROM SEED OR OTHER???

    • Bob
    Reply

    Nobody should use chemical fertilizers. They don’t supply adequate nutrition and they also have toxic heavy metals in them (I’m serious, look it up). Use organics like liquid fish (without chlorine in it) and kelp, or better yet sea solids. Sea solids are what remains when ocean water is evaporated. They contain ALL of the minerals in the sea (90+ minerals) and they are the best single fertilizer in my opinion. Sea solids also make plants more resistant to freezes and diseases. Look up Dr. Maynard Murray’s research and Acres USA magazine. Acres has over a hundred articles on their website about organic gardening, health and nutrition, etc., that you can read for free, just click on the Toolbox button at the top right.

    From what I’ve read about aloes you can’t plant a leaf and grow another plant, but some people claim that they have done it. Aloes are a very powerful medicinal plants, not just for scrapes and burns either. They have proven to be very helpful with cancer and AIDS patients. The gel must be properly stabilized to be effective, but I think fresh from the plant is the best. The aloe sold in the supermarkets and pharamacies, and even in health food stores, isn’t anything like the aloe that you can get fresh from the plant. Again, organically grown aloe will certainly be more potent.

    • nitin
    Reply

    Hi,

    I need to know how to preserve Aloevera jel. Kindly suggest

    • Shannon
    Reply

    I just added a little bit of soil to my aloe plant, watered its and left its outside for a couple days now its wilted and I dont know what to do about it. Its was a very healthy plant. Any tips? πŸ™

    • Nolan
    Reply

    I bought an Aloe Vera plant yesterday, since I work with the Boy Scouts for my Summer job I will be putting my plant to good use thanks to these tips. I may need to use a few more websites for my plant to keep it healthy.

    • angeleen
    Reply

    i have a nice plant from a grocery store and its growing out of its pot i’d like to repot but scared it’ll die, any advice? And also i like the idea of giving out pups to family and friends any advice on that also? thanks

    • chris derk
    Reply

    if i cut a leaf off the aloe plant and stick it in some soil will it regrow??? (not a pup like if i cut one off)

    thx chris..

      • braidy
      Reply

      yes it will chris

    • Melissa
    Reply

    My aloe plant is growing out of the pot. How do u repot a baby from the mother plant. I currently have it in water, will it survive in it or do I need to put it on soil??

      • Brian
      Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      I have re-potted baby aloe’s a few times already. My mother plant gave off like 9 baby plants. All you have to do is just fill a small with a good soil. I use Miracle Grow Potting Soil but not entirely sure myself if its a good kind to use or not. But anyway, once you have soil in the pot, just dig a little hole with your fingers and then place the plant inside the hole. Then fill in the hole with soil around the plant. Then make sure to water it. That is all that I do. I would recommend planting it in soil. I hope this helps.

        • Brian
        Reply

        “All you have to do is just fill a small with a good soil.” I meant to say: All you have to do is just fill a small pot with a good soil. Sorry for the error.

    • Brian
    Reply

    I am going to try and post a couple questions in hopes that I will get a response.
    I have several aloe plants. I have 2 in my kitchen that are sitting in a window sill. One is in a bigger pot that was a mother plant. Maybe got 5 or 6 inches tall. Has had several of its leaves cut off to be used. Has 2 leaves left on it. 1 tiny leaf and 1 that is maybe close to medium size. That window sill gets in-direct sunlight. The other one is in a small pot and happens to be a “pup” that came from the mother plant. Then I have more in 1 of my bedrooms. There are 5 “pups” (again, from the mother plant) in a ice cream pail that is sitting close to the window sill. Probably less than a foot away. Those are probably 2 inches in height, if not 3. Then I have another 3 “pups” from the mother plant in a planter pot that is kinda long. Maybe 3-5 inches in length for the planter pot. Those 3 “pups” are easily less than 1 inch tall. And finally, I have 1 “pup” from the mother plant in another pot that is sorta deep. Hoping the “pup” gets tall. That one is probably close to 3 inches tall already. And that one is sitting on the edge of my desk and its about 3 feet away from the window. This window also gets in-direct sunlight. Now that I explained everything, here are my questions:

    1. The soil that I am using is Miracle Grow Potting Soil. Its really the only thing I have around to use. Is this an okay kind of soil to be using?? Or should I be using something entirely different??

    2. The 1 pup that is in the small pot in the window sill in the kitchen seems to have set its roots into the soil. The 5 pups in the bedroom in the ice cream pail are slowly getting their roots set in the soil. The 3 pups that are in the kind of long planter pot are slowly getting their roots set in the soil. However, the 1 pup that is in the kind of deep pot on my desk hasn’t really set its roots at all. If I gently tug up on it, it pulls up very easily. Shouldn’t it be setting its roots into the soil?? I have watered all the pups well after I planted them. And have been making sure to water them all at least once a week. I know on this page it says to water them well and then wait 3 weeks before watering them again. And also to let the soil dry out between watering. Is this what I should be doing with them all?? Let the soil dry out before watering again? If anyone out there can offer up some answers to my questions, that would be appreciated. Thanks much.

      • Nan
      Reply

      Yes, Brian- let them dry out. If you are worried about them, boil some water on the stove to make the area steamy… or you can spritz them with clean water that has sat at room temp for over 24 hours to wash them down lightly. They are succulents, and get their moisture mostly from the air. If you mist them, don’t let them get cold. Keep the room kinda warm. The soil will make them rot if it is constantly kept wet. Good luck!

      • george
      Reply

      it will not grow any roots if you keep slightly lifting your plant if you leave it, it will grow small roots after 2-3 weeks but dont over water it or you will drown it.

    • Denise Biely
    Reply

    I have a large aloe plant. I have used many of the leaves for our sunburned grandchildren, or when I burn myself when I’m cooking. My plant is very tall probably nearing three feet. The mother plant has a large part of the stem that is bare. Can that stem be planted up to where the present leaves are? Will it rot? I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve transplanted the pups. The mother plant is so tall it just hangs over. DO you have any suggestions?

      • Alicia
      Reply

      Denise,

      Our plant (Herman) is about 3 years old and it’s leaves are very thick and heavy. It’s about 2ft tall and we had a problem with it tipping over. I used a piece of 1/2″ PVC to support it. You could use more than one if you need to. Place it down in the soil until its sturdy. Hope this helps.

    • cocoleaf
    Reply

    how big are aloes when they die?

    • Brianna
    Reply

    I have an aloe plant about 1-2 feet high about the pot/soil. I got this from my grandparents who said they had so many pups that they would have to toss them — they exhausted all other options for reuse! Mine has one pup that I didn’t previously know I needed to replant (maybe I’ll wait a couple months until springtime) but other than that one, I have no other pups!

    I want to start using the aloe for my face for a specific reason, but I know that after a little while I will have used up all the stems. I’m jealous of people who say they have so many pups! *lol*
    How can I nourish mine and help it reproduce faster other than the basic care listed on this page? I do need to change the soil, so perhaps that is a reason? I am currently using a succulent/cacti mix.

      • Quizative
      Reply

      pups dont have the power of healing that mature leaves do. Keep one plant in a tight root bound pot and it will grow big. when I put mine in a big pot, it didnt grow big it made lots of babies. Also I dont use cactus soil as everyone says. I use home made from decaying leaves and wood chips that have been breaking down for years. Go to a local forest and dig some up. Its light and airy from the pieces of sticks and leaves and mulch but rich with organic material. Good luck

    • Archibald
    Reply

    What should I perform w/the 4 1/2 ft. flower towering from the center of my aloe? Exotic dinner??

      • Quizative
      Reply

      Im jealous. I have never seen the flower on anyones. Can you post pictures here?!!!

      • tammy
      Reply

      My mother aloe (3 yrs old) has flowered the last two summers, and now a pup we harvested last year is flowering also. We live in Michigan and this seems to be quite unusual. We love it!

    • Eden
    Reply

    I just bought a plant from my grocery store. It’s about half a foot tall and one of the leaves has brown speckles on it but I don’t see how it could have come inot direct sunlight seeing as how it is winter where I live

    • Chitra
    Reply

    Hi,

    i planted an aloe plant, almost its now one and half year still it remains the same no growth at all.All say that it won’t grow, but i realy want to save the plant pl suggest.

    They say that the extracts of fish (waste products) can be mixed with the soil and before planting the plant, will this help the plant to grow.

    Pl suggest

    Thanks & Regards

    Chitr

    • julie
    Reply

    hi i have a really confusing problem(i hope your still answering questions) my aloe plant has many pups, which i am now removing but my plant has horizontal leaves(which means insufficient light) but some of the bottom leaves are starting to brown(which means too much light) i just don’t get it! Also i planted a baby aloe plant and it just is dieing and drying up right now! PLEASE HELP

    • Robin
    Reply

    A friend just thinned her aloe vera. She kept the young pups and was getting rid of the big plants. These plants are old and probably should have been repotted because between the root and the plush leaves was a very long stem looking section. I was wondering how to replant the mother plant. Should just the root be planted? Or should the plant clear up to the bottom of the leaves be put into the soil. I’ve only seen websites which talk about transplanting pups but not the mother plant. The mother plants are not growing vertical but laying flat. I’ve replanted some of the mother plants with just the root underground and others I planted with the root and the stemmy section up to the bottom of the plush leaves into the ground. I’ve not noticed any difference in it not growing. Any suggestions for transplanting mother plants.

      • Flo
      Reply

      Hi Robin! I found that when repotting my mother plant that covering up to the first leaves helped to keep her more stable. Hope this helps.

    • kt
    Reply

    I just bought my first Aloe Vera plant. It’s rather small. So any helpful useful advice would be nice. I don’t normally have problems with plants. But i want to make sure I get this going right.

    • em nelson
    Reply

    my aloe is 10years old n i name it “baby Vera”.it grows well but the root its getting so long and big.i cant find any pot that its deep.most of it,its so huge.can i cut the roots into half??will it grow or die??pls help..i love baby Vera so much.

    • pegcity
    Reply

    i found an aloe plant ditched in the laundry room of my building. Brought it back to health and now it keeps growing and giving pups. I love it but i live in an apartment and it is winter half of the year where i live. I need some tips on how to slow down its growth, trimming or bundeling the leaves, the root is curled up in the biggest pot i can fit in my apartment.
    I dont want to get rid of my plant.
    ps. all of my friends and neightbours have a aloe vera plant now.

      • Ebony
      Reply

      Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or incheorent. Not this!

    • Jane
    Reply

    This was the best information about aloe vera plants that I have found anywhere. And I’ve searched many websites! The article was very thorough and covered every aspect of growing & caring for the plant. Thanks.

    • Lynn W
    Reply

    I’ve used this plant for years, heard more about it today,rekindeled my interest .I hear aloe juice is now in some stores..must look for it…

      • peggy
      Reply

      any health food store will have it i buy georges brand, i have diebeties and my mouth gets sore i jusy rinse with aloe vera juice and it goes away

    • Barbie
    Reply

    I want to plant some more alo plants out of the one in the yard. Do I first put it in water or does it go in cactis soil, the leaf that is.

      • TipNut
      Reply

      Barbie the little “pups” should have roots on them already so you just plant those directly in the soil (water well once you plant them).

    • Darrell
    Reply

    Our aloe plants were left out during a recent freeze and all the plants wilted terribly. Are they done for or can they be revived?

      • Mariana
      Reply

      This happened to me as well. I just cut off the dead leaves and it grew back even more beautiful than before.

      • Mrs H
      Reply

      I got my plants from my Mom 25-30 years ago. I dug a few smaller plants up from her back yard and moved them from St Pete to Orlando. I dug them up again 9 years later when we moved (I left plenty for the new owners.) I planted them outside in sandy soil with nothing special added to the soil, I just stuck them in. One year they froze to the ground when I forgot to cover them. I thought they were done, but the roots survived and in the spring they came back on their own. They get no care from me, but I have plants everywhere.
      My Dad always told me that I have a “brown” thumb (I’m known for killing plants.) But these are very hardy little devils. We’ve been 19 years in this house and I’ve distributed aloe to neighbors twice when the beds got too full.

    • Cheryl
    Reply

    I have harvested the juice from several leaves since they froze outside and thawed. Can it be kept unrefrigerated in a plastic container? Or must it be refrigerated? An how long will it last if either are done? I make my own lotion – can it be added to that?

      • Teresa
      Reply

      HiCheryl!! How do I go about harvesting juice from my plants?? Dumb question huh?? I’m kinda new at this “juicing” thing but verry enthusiastic about getting into it. Thanks for your help

      • Bailey Richardson
      Reply

      I always refrigerate any products that are harvested from my aloe plants. The juice should keep fresh from 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge. Aloe Vera products will go bad very quickly if left out on a counter. Yes you can add it to your lotion by putting in however many drops you would like although it may make your lotion a bit runny.

    • Sandi
    Reply

    I just heard that an aloe plant is good inside to help the air–in other words to be more green

      • Quizative
      Reply

      Any living plant is, puts off fresh oxygen. Natural air fresheners!
      Isn’t nature GRAND!!??

    • Terry
    Reply

    my aloe vera has grown so tall (she is about ten years old) that she is listing go one side, what do I do, she is a member of our plant family

      • Bailey Richardson
      Reply

      If your aloe Vera planters outside in the pot you can you should be able to bring it inside (if it’s not too heavy!) and place it near a window or a glass door. Put the side that is tilting towards away from the window as Aloe plants will naturally lean towards the light. It may take a while but eventually your aloe should straighten up again. So your Halloween tilts again you can get it to you rotating every once in a while so it will grow evenly on every side.

    • maki
    Reply

    my aloe plant was doing average inside then i had this brillant idea to put it outside for a while and it rained a few days too… now my plant has really dark purple leaves that are no longer plump and about four or five green leaves and only like two of the green leaves are healthy b/c they’re new. i dont know wat to do should i take the purple leaves off or will they still live or is my plant in general basically dead? help…!
    please and thank you!

      • Sammy
      Reply

      that happend to my plants, they all turned brown and purplish after a few days of rain during their “drying period” after transplanting, i put them in a shelter so they got sunlight but were kept out of the weather. it took a few weeks but they are now green and healthy and sprouting pups!

      • Quizative
      Reply

      too much sun…too fast. I did the same thing here in MD. It will bounce back. I moved mine to more indirect sun only early morning then gradually moved it into full sun. They will be a different color in full sun because the harvest the nutrients faster…more brownish/purple. They turn vivid green in the shade or indirect sun. πŸ˜‰

    • Nicki
    Reply

    My aloe vera was growing beautifully, and a few weeks ago it started looking wilted and turning slightly brown. The last couple of times I’ve watered it, I’ve seen some baby frogs run out of the plant. Are the frogs damaging my aloe vera by living in the pot?

      • andy
      Reply

      Id say too much direct sunlight. Mine does the same thing. Ill put it in the window where it gets lots of sun and when it gets to red or brown i put it somewhere else for a few days untill it gets its bright green colour back. Then i put it back in the window for show.

      • Ginger
      Reply

      If you have frogs living in your aloe vera plants, you are very likely overwatering. When aloe pups are first planted, they should be watered every other day for a week or so. After that, they require only minimal watering to survive. I live in the Mohave Desert. In the hot summers I water my aloe vera plants once a week if the daytime temperature is over 105 degrees. If 105 or below, I water once every 10-14 days. In the winter I water once a month. I water my indoor aloes just once a month and give them a light dose of a good cactus and succulent fertilizer at the same time. Good luck with the frogs.

    • George Michaels
    Reply

    I stumbled on this article looking for the botanical differences between soap aloe (saponaria) and aloe vera. Since I have a dozen aloes of one kind or another in my landscape, I would like to suggest some of this advice is not quite accurate. Aloe vera grows outside in the landscape in Tucson AZ. It does not need indirect light. It does great in blistering full day sun. We have 180+ days of 100 F or greater and 10-12″ of rain. While it does better with supplemental watering, it will sustain itself without it. Too much water is its nemesis. It will take a frost and even a hard freeze down to 20-22. Not sustained, but we will get several consecutive nights below 32 and it does fine. It may brown and curl at the tip, but that is about all. If And given lots of sun and regular watering, it grows like a weed.

      • John
      Reply

      Good to know, we’re expecting a cold night, down into the 20’s F. & I wasn’t sure if I needed to try to protect my aloe vera plants (they’re outside, planted in the ground) – thank you.
      Any tips on protecting them from freezing temps. if they’re planted in the ground?

      • Kate
      Reply

      I think you’re right about the ability to handle all the heat and direct light. But a lot of people deal with much meaner cold than that! In Oklahoma, we can have a month straight of 100F weather, but in the winter we can go weeks without hitting above 10F! Everyone either scrambles to find indoor spots for their beloved plants, or starts from scratch every spring!

        • Bailey Richardson
        Reply

        I live in Canada and keep my aloe Vera plants indoors because the temperature dips down to around -7 F ( -22 C) they won’t even survive on my window sill because at night it gets way too cold there. If you live in temperatures like this it is a good idea to keep your aloe plants in the bathroom because they just love the humidity when you take a bath or a shower

      • Quizative
      Reply

      I have to respectfully disagree. I too now have multiple varieties of aloe both as potted plants and out doors. Since I live in MD they can not stay outside without at least some cover like a shed or the garage.So evern the ones in the ground have to come in when it gets consecutively cold. If your plants are in the ground all the time, how you water will be totally diffent than if it is a potted houseplant or if it has been a houseplant and it is just being planted in the ground. However, Everytime I have tried to take a plant from in the house to outside, If I took it straight out in the full sun, it scortched and some even died. If I took it to the part sun side of my house and gradually moved it into full sun, then it was ok. Even though this is a cacti and loves full sun, if it hasn’t been getting full sun it will scald. I guess everyone can do what works for them but if you take it in full sun and start to lose it, you’ll know why. Im guessing if you live in AZ, even if you have your plants in a window they are probably getting more sun that we do here. The other piece of advice I saw one article said if your plant is rootbound it will produce a lot of babies to keep herself from falling over. That has not been my experience. She falls over because she grows like crazy without babies to take her energy. Mine always produce babies if I put them in a great big pot. I made that mistake early on thinking it would give her room to become a great big plant…she didnt she just tried to fill it up with babies. I have a 6 year old plant in a pot that is only about 4 inches in diameter but it is very deep like an orchid pot and it works beautifully. My leaves are huge and aged which what you want for burns but never any pups. Im sure some advice works in some places depending on the climate so youll have to try for yourself but I found a lot advice on here to be wrong and lost several plants before I found what worked for me. Good luck everyone.

    • Tsavah
    Reply

    I am not sure why you don’t want to repot a fair number of pups from your mother plant, but if you do it will be normally easy to find homes for the young sprouts. Have you tried advertising on a “Free-cycle” group in your town or city? I get “free” stuff and give away stuff through our “Free-cycle” group all the time. Just tell the folks to bring their own pot with cactus type soil for as many pups as they want. You may meet a lot of folks with your same interestes.

    • rmiisty
    Reply

    Can someone tell me what do you do if you have an enormous number of large “pups” (approx. 10-12) that are continuously growing horizontally? I bought the aloe vera 3 yrs. ago. I have replanted 1x)this plant & a few of it’s “pups” to a much larger pot, however they are now growing at a rapid speed & are about to burst out this large pot. I really don’t want to re-pot 10-12 new plants.

      • Julie
      Reply

      Hello I feel you.My aloe mother plant was insane.I neglected al winter needed to be repotted,HAD LOTS OF PUPS LIKE YOUR 10 TO 12 EZ. wHENi WAS FINALLY DONE TOOK DAYS WAS OVER WHELMING i NOW HAVE OVER 100.SERIOUSLY…gOT TO LOVE IT….. Julie

        • Quizative
        Reply

        Keep it rootbound and it wont give babies. Plus the energy will go into growing the mother plant and not reproducing. Shell get much larger for you! πŸ˜‰

          • Margie Stevens
          Reply

          My grandson cut the tips of all of my plant off. Will it heal itself and continue to grow?

      • aloe
      Reply

      that is amazing! I have been wanting an aloe plant (healithy one) for such a long time. My first one died maybe overwatered, my second one got stolen three days after I got it, and the third one is dieing. I just have the middlie of it left. It just fell out when I moved the pot, after all the leaves around it had fallen over. I am going to try to save this middle part by replanting it. I am going to use miraclegrow potting mix and mix some peat moss into it because I read somewhere that aloe are acid loving. Any advise anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated. πŸ™‚

        • jo-anne burke
        Reply

        you are over watering the plant and its rotting away bit by bit . water when the soil has completly dry out as they are a dessert plant

          • Kenneth
          Reply

          I have found that watering from the bottom up helps a whole lot, cause the plant roots absorb what they want each day. I have a mother plant, that produced about 10 pups last year, I got a greenhouse to put them in, but just now learned to much sun will kill it off luckily I caught it before all 10 died.

        • Kay
        Reply

        Please please please THROW THE MIRACLE GRO away! If you must fertilize, you’ll be better off using a concentrated Seaweed Extract–Dr. Earth and GrowWell are two brands you can find at your local DIY Garden Center. 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water, and you can use this on everything in your garden and landscape. Your plants will love you for it! Miracle Gro (fertilizer, soil, etc) contains their own special concoction of synthetic crap that makes your plants addicted to it. It’s like feeding junk food to your kids, there’s a major sugarbuzz followed by a major sugarcrash after. Same effect your plants will have; stay away from that chemical concoction and use what’s organic. As for soils, anything made by Dr. Earth is amazing, and for succulents (and cacti), Black Gold Cactus Mix is good stuff if you don’t want to mess with mixing stuff into your potting soil.

        • Bonny
        Reply

        I don’t think you should add peat moss or pot the aloe in Miraclegro…that is a very rich soild. Mix up a basic potting mix (even the cheap stuff from Dollar Tree), add some sand and/or Perlite to the mix and use that. Water a little when you repot and then not very often after that…maybe once a week if it is dry. Peat moss will hold the moisture and you don’t want to do that. If you want to add acid, try breaking up a few dry pine needles into the soil mixture.

      • Quizative
      Reply

      I started using Aloe when my father had cancer and radiation burns. Better than any of the $800 presecrition drugs. Since then I keep them everywhere in use it in juice. Some things they say did not work for me. Mine are huge. I live in MD here’s what I do. I found some things out of mistake or necessity.
      I have several acres and the guys that trim the trees dump huge trucks of ground tree trimmings (leaves and wood chips) in my back lot where it sits and decays. It is rich in organic material and very airy with chucks of mulch. Thats all I use (for everything) I never buy potting soild…not sand or perilite. You can do the same thing in a small bucket or drum with just leaves and grass leave it in full sun for faster processing. It is naturally acidic and naturally airy. need it now…You can dig some up in any forest.
      I keep my plants root bound if I dont want lots of babies. I have a 2 foot plant in a 4 inch POT!!!! Buy the way, the pot has no holes!!! I just water about once every 2 weeks until the dirt is saturated. I tip it on its side and remove anything not absorbed in 30 minuets by the soil. Then I dont water it for 2 weeks. Its in a window that gets evening sun from 3pm to sunset. If I have plants in a large pot, they constantly produce babies. I remove those and put them in a the containers I save from buying flowers…the little 4 or 6 packs or I use little 3 oz dixie cups, like you use in the bathroom dispensers. In that case I use peatmoss to hold the water because they are so small. They will live in those until they are 8 inches tall!
      When I move my plants from inside out in the spring…I do it gradually starting on the side of the house that only gets the morning or the late afternoon sun. Many will stay there all summer. A few will gradually be moved a foot a day to the front of the house where it gets more and more full sun. Then I will plant some in the ground in the garden with other vegetables to harvet and freeze with my other vegetables when I can and freeze at the end of the season. I just pluck whole leaves and cut into 1 or 3 inch slices and put in a ziplock bag, push the air out and freeze. When I need them I defrost at room temperature remove the leaf and harvest the gel for juice or recipes. If we have a boo boo I open the leafe and have aloe gel and an ice pack all in one. The leaf will slice even slightly frozen. NEVER MICROWAVE to defrost it destroys the healing properties. I never use pesticeds on anything but especially this since I eat the gel in the leaf and it absorbes through the leaf. Since these love to be rootbound it is so easy and cheap to stick new babies in a dixie cup with a little peat moss, I give them as gifts to the Tate Cancer center. I killed my first plants (though now I dont know how..lol) doing the sand and cactus soil. So I hope this helps someone.

        • Quizative
        Reply

        PS I find it can tolerate some really cold nights as long as it has basic shelter, but it cant go without sun. I moved some into my basement which has very little sun and they died. I left others in my garage and even in 10* weather they lived but they get sun in the garage windows all day. They did beautifully all winter.

          • donna lee
          Reply

          excellent, thankyou!

    • Stormi
    Reply

    Thanks so much for this article. I just received an Aloe plant as a gift and did everything I shouldn’t have (overwatering, direct sunlight, cold). I feel much better about letting it be since it’s winter here in Ohio.

      • Neta
      Reply

      Me and my sister have been growing pups from the mother Aloe plant for the past ten years. We plant the pups in Miracle Grow Cactus dirt and They’re indoors in difused sunlight.I check the soil with a meter stick before watering. I let the soil get dry between watering. I feed the plants with Miracle Grow Cactus Plant Food and they do great. We just planted pups from two mature plants and got 56 new ones going. We love them!!!

    • Jenners
    Reply

    Ed, Just stick that sprout in a pot and it’ll grow. In fact, if you just stick a cut-off stem in dirt, it’ll grow. This plant is amazing!

      • critter
      Reply

      I just found this website and Im hoping that you are still around so I can ask for advise:

      My Aloe plants roots are really short and close to the surface is this normal? The roots run horizonaly is this normal too?

    • Ed Colson
    Reply

    Our Aloe plant tipped over and one side of the mother plan broke off. There are about 4 shoots connected to a white woody stem. Is there any way to make this sprout roots and grow?

    Thanks!

    Ed

    • Maggie
    Reply

    I found that if you put potatoes into the soil with the plants they grow much stronger,(note: the potatoes will sprout and grow, so just nip the sprouts off at ground level or you can even use the water from boiling potatoes, but do not use salted water and cool the water to room temperature.

    • desert blondie
    Reply

    This was very helpful and interesting. I just moved to the desert a while back and my garden beds have several large Aloe plants. Enjoyed this column.

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