Learn how to care for aloe vera along with its history and classification details.
Hardiness Zone: 8-11
Soil Type: Slightly acidic, around 6.0 pH
Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
History: Aloe vera appears in Chinese and Sumerian writings around 3000 B.C. In the time of the pharaohs the Egyptians idealized aloe vera and called it “the plant of immortality”. It can be found written on papyrus describing the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.
How to Care for Aloe Vera
How do I plant aloe vera?
Plant aloe vera in a cactus potting soil mix or a regular potting soil that has been amended with additional perlite or building sand.
When is the best time to plant?
The best time to plant aloe vera is in spring and/or summer.
How do I propagate aloe vera?
To propagate from pups, you simply have to divide the plant.
Can I grow agave in a pot?
Yes, you can grow agave in a pot, take care, it may outgrow the pot at some point.
How much should I water aloe vera?
Aloe vera should be watered 2-3 times a week
Do I need to fertilize aloe vera?
You can fertilize aloe vera infrequently.
When does aloe vera bloom?
Aloe vera will bloom in late winter.
How do I know when aloe vera is ripe?
When the tips of the leaves attain a rosy tinge.
When do I harvest aloe vera?
When the tips of the leaves attain a rosy tinge,
What is the best way to store aloe vera?
It is best to keep your aloe vera in a cool place.
Should I plant any companion plants?
Aloe grows well with Chamomile and Chives.
What are the health benefits of the aloe?
Aloe can help with dental plaque and canker sores.
Homemade Aloe Vera Gel
Agave nectar dissolves quickly, so is a good sweetener for cold drinks, such as iced tea or cocktails.