Aloe vera is an interesting plant with thick and fleshy, green to grey-green leaves.
A medicinal plant that’s been used to treat many skin ailments for thousands of years, the aloe is safe to use directly from the plant’s leaves.
Aloe has won over many home gardeners for its hardiness and tolerance of missed waterings. To keep your aloe vera happy, plant in a well drained pot such as terra cotta and use a high porosity potting soil. Your can also use a specialty succulent soil mix. The terra cotta also dries quicker than plastic or glazed containers so it is good for a succulent like Aloe.
Repot your aloe if the weight of the plant causes tipping, but otherwise don’t worry about giving it lots of space. This plant thrives in snug conditions.
Bright, sunny location for your aloe is best, otherwise it will go dormant and stop growing. Water plants once deeply every two weeks or wait until the soil dries out fully. This is a desert species, so keeping the dirt moist will cause the roots to blacken and rot. If leaves turn brown or become limp this is a signal you’ve overdone the watering.
Aloe vera plants are relatively easy to care for and they make a unique gift for the plant lover.