Aloe plants are herb plant that comes in many varieties and some varieties are well-suited for indoor growth. The most common potted type is Aloe Vera, this particular type produces a sap that can help heal burns and small scrapes. The succulent leaves of aloes plant are normally green, though some types may feature pale green or white variegation or spots. Most types of Aloe plants have few spines on the sword-shaped foliage. Aloes is like most succulents, they actually thrive on minimal care and they require little moisture to survive.
Potting Aloe Plant
Grow aloe plant in a pot that contains at least one large drainage hole and it should be two to three inches larger in diameter than the base of the aloe plant. Drainage is imperative because too much moisture around the aloe’s plant roots can cause root rot. Make sure you plant the aloe in a soil mixture formulated for cacti and other succulents, or you can combine equal parts potting soil and coarse sand to make your own mix.
Choosing a Location and Position
Make sure you place the aloe plants near a sunny window where they can receive plenty of indirect sunlight, it can be a few feet from a south- or west-facing window. Excess of bright, direct sunlight can easily brown the aloe’s leaves. Make sure you rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides of the aloe plant will receive equal lighting. It will also help to balance the outlook of the aloe plant, as the leaves tend to grow toward the sunlight. Make sure you maintain a room temperature above sixty degrees Fahrenheit, and don’t expose the aloe plants to temperatures below freezing.
When to Water the Aloe Plant
Make sure you water the aloe plant only when the soil has dried out completely, or every few weeks. Water the aloe plant even less in winter. To water the aloe plant, just pour water onto the soil near the base of the aloe plant until the soil is thoroughly wet. Make sure you allow the pot to fully drain for about thirty minutes, and then quickly empty any excess water that has drained into the pot’s drip tray.
Fertilizing the Aloe Plant
Generally Aloe plants do not actually require fertilizer, although applying it on occasion can help the aloe plant that doesn’t seem as healthy as it should. You can fertilize the aloe plant in mid-spring with a water-soluble liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants. You need to dilute the fertilizer with water to half the package-recommended dosage for the pot size.
When to Repot the Aloe Plant
You need to repot the aloe plant into a pot two inches larger in diameter when the aloe’s base grows to within one inch of the edge of the old pot. Aloes plant does not actually require frequent repotting and they can live in the same pot for 5 or more years, depending on the variety.
Tip: Aloe plants actually reproduce by growing small offsets around its base. You can actually leave the offsets in place, pinch them off for disposal or you can easily cut them off and plant them into new pots. Make sure you allow the plantlets to rest for a day or 2 before repotting them.