Aloe Vera is a great plant for any gardener, it is easy to grow, and extremely rewarding. Aloe Vera propagates fairly easily through offshoots, small clones which appear around the base of larger plants.
Aloe Vera is hardy to zone 10 and not frost tolerant. If you are growing aloe Vera outdoors where temperatures can get close to freezing covering with a plant blanket or some kind of protection is advisable.
Aloe Vera thrives as an indoor plant, the two most important factors for successfully growing your own aloe is finding a location with enough sun and ensuring the soil is well-draining.
- Well-drained, sandy soil is best – use a cacti or succulent mix. If you prefer to mix your own try a sand base; supplement with potting soil and or compost (a 50/50 sand to organic material is a good guideline).
Water & Fertilizer
- Water deeply, allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Aloe Vera plants grown outdoors will likely not need additional fertilizer provided adequate drainage and organic material.
- Aloe Vera plants kept in containers may occasionally benefit from a general purpose fertilizer but frequent repotting with new potting mix as young plants increase in size is enough.
- Full-sun or as much direct sunlight during the day is ideal. Aloe Vera will grow quickly with adequate sun, if you notice your aloe is leggy or leaves seem thin try to find a spot with more light.
- Aloe Vera is an extremely versatile plant, popular for its use in cosmetics and as a treatment for burns you can produce your own soothing aloe simply by harvesting some mature leaves.
- Cut mature leaves off at the base of the plant, then slit and scrape inner juice out for use. The aloe Vera juice can be stored refrigerated for a short period or frozen.