How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant

How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant

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

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

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 REQUIREMENTS

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 need to 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 PREFERENCE

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

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

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

PLANT 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.

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.

TOXICITY

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