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Aloe Care

Known to be an incredibly easy-going succulent family, an Aloe makes a great indoor plant that can also help to purify the air. Because they are succulents, they require very little water and maintenance. Your Aloe plant will be happiest on a sunny window ledge.

How to care for your Aloe

Use these instructions to care for an Aloe. This guide will tell you how to water an Aloe; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Hedgehog Aloe

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LIGHT

Place your Hedgehog Aloe in a well-lit area of your home. Your Hedgehog loves a sunny area and flourishes in direct sunlight—it will not thrive if permanently placed away from a window.

WATER

Hedgehog Aloe is a succulent, so it does not require much water. However, in the summer during its active growth period, keep the soil damp, but not soggy. During its rest period in winter, only water once in a while when the soil is completely dry. Do not let water collect at the bottom of the pot because it can cause rotting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Hedgehog Aloe will do just fine in normal room temperatures between 65-75 degrees.

HUMIDITY

This plant does not require any extra humidity and can handle dry air.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer at half strength 2-3 times during the spring and summer.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Place this little gem in the full, outdoor sun during the late spring and summer. It will most likely reward you with soft-orange blooms that attract hummingbirds. If placed outdoors, it will require a bit more water. Look out for wilting leaves—these are a result of inadequate water in the summer.

TOXICITY

Hedgehog Aloe can be moderately toxic causing mouth irritation and stomach indigestion to humans and pets.

See also: Common Issues →

Aloe Vera

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LIGHT

Aloe Vera plants need bright light. They do best in south or west facing windows. Give the Aloe Vera a bit of distance from the hot glass of a west window because it will burn.  If it does not receive enough light the leaves will drop downwards.

WATER

The soil of an Aloe Vera plant should be allowed to become completely dry before watering.  When you do water make sure to thoroughly drenched the soil and the water can drain freely from the bottom of the pot. The most common reason an Aloe dies is due to the soil being too wet and not able to drain. In the winter when it is dormant it needs even less water maybe once every 2 months.

HUMIDITY

This plant does not require any extra humidity and can handle dry air.

TEMPERATURE

This plant will do just fine in normal room temperatures, between 65-85 degrees.

FOOD

The Aloe Vera does not need to be fertilized. However, if you wish to add some use a balanced liquid houseplant food only one a year in the Spring.

TOXICITY

Aloe Vera can be moderately toxic causing mouth irritation and stomach indigestion to humans and pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

The Aloe Vera can also provide your family with a plant that can help treat minor burns and rashes. While the gel found in the leaves of an Aloe Vera is safe for your child’s skin, the “latex” (a thin layer of yellow juice found just below the outer skin of the aloe vera plant’s leaves) can cause indigestion and irritation.

See also: Common Issues →

Aloe Blush

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LIGHT

Your Blush Aloe loves a sunny area and will flourish in direct sunlight. It will not thrive if permanently placed away from a window.

WATER

Your Blush Aloe is a succulent, so it does not require much water. However, in the summer during its active growth period, it will require more frequent watering. During its rest period in winter, water only when the soil is completely dry. Do not let water collect in the saucer, as it can cause rotting of the roots.

TEMPERATURE

Your Blush Aloe will do just fine in average room temperatures, between 65-75 degrees.

HUMIDITY

This plant does not require any extra humidity and can handle dry air.

FOOD

We suggest fertilizing once in the spring and once in the summer with a succulent fertilizer.

TOXICITY

Your Blush Aloe can be moderately toxic, causing mouth irritation and stomach indigestion to humans and pets if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you place your plant in the full sun during the late spring and summer, it will most likely reward you with soft-orange blooms. When placed outdoors, it will require a bit more water. Look out for wilting leaves—this is a result of inadequate water.

See also: Common Issues →

Aloe Sunset

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LIGHT

Your Aloe loves a sunny area and flourishes in direct sunlight—it will not thrive if permanently placed away from a window.

WATER

Your Sunset Aloe is a succulent, so it does not require much water. However, in the summer during its active growth period, it will require more frequent watering. During its rest period in winter, water only when the soil is completely dry. Do not let water collect in the saucer, as it can lead to rotting of the roots.

TEMPERATURE

Your Sunset Aloe will thrive in average room temperatures, between 65-75 degrees.

HUMIDITY

This plant does not require any extra humidity and can handle dry air.

FOOD

We suggest fertilizing once in the spring and once in the summer with a succulent fertilizer.

TOXICITY

Sunset Aloe can be moderately toxic, causing mouth irritation and stomach indigestion to humans and pets if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you place your plant in the full sun during the late spring and summer, it will most likely reward you with soft-orange blooms. When placed outdoors, it will require a bit more water. Look out for wilting leaves—this is a result of inadequate water.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's an Aloe?

Botanical Classification: Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog’

Full Description

Hedgehog Aloe is a very forgiving succulent, making it a perfect plant for hectic households or for first-time owners. This plant makes quite an impression with its blue-green leaves and will often produce unique spikes of coral-red flowers in the spring and late summer.

As with most succulents, the Hedgehog Aloe needs very little water and will flourish in a bright, sunny spot in your home. During the summer, take this little gem outside where it will most likely reward you with colorful flowers—you may even spot a hummingbird enjoying the nectar from its blooms! It can also be used to soothe burns and skin irritations just like a regular aloe plant.

Fun Fact

Native to the Arabian Peninsula, Aloe, particularly Aloe Vera has been around for thousands of years widely used for cosmetics and medicinal purposes. 

Pictured Left: Hedgehog Aloe
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The most common issue with Aloe Plants is root rot, which is caused by overwatering. Water only when the soil is completely dry.
- Plant Mom

Hedgehog Aloe

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very easy, perfect for beginners, bright indirect to full sun
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