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June 12, 2007

What is the best way to grow aloe plants?

I have one plant and I'm afraid I've over-watered it since it is a semi-desert plant. It just kept on getting browner and browner. One of the leaves has fallen off, so I immediately took it outside and put it into a bigger pot with rocks in the bottom, then sand mixed with fertile dirt, then some of that Vermiculite stuff on top. I transplanted it into that new pot and am about to put a plate or tray underneath it and keep it in the house for now.


How long do you think I should let it go without water? It was dying, but when I cut open the paper planter-cup that it came in the dirt seemed bone-dry. What shall I do? To water, or not to water?

What about taking it outside? Right now it is still getting down into the 60s at night. Is it safe outside or should I keep it in a windowsill?

Hardiness Zone: 6a



By JANE (Guest Post)
June 13, 20070 found this helpful

By all means take it outside. It needs the sunshine. But be gradual with it. Don't put the poor thing in the full sun to start with. And let the dirt dry out before watering again. 60 degrees at night is fine. When you get the first frost is when you should bring it in. Good luck!! It seems to have a caring owner!!!

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June 13, 20070 found this helpful

I grow Aloe plants all the time and have no problems. I use regular potting soil, they do not need sand and all that other stuff. Mine grow big and multiply greatly, in fact I transplant small ones and sell them at yardsales. Water when the ground feels dry to your finger.


Do not let ground get bone dry. As for temperature, I do not place mine outdoors as we have a large sunroom, but I think you could as long as they are not in the hot sun all day. We keep our sunroom at 50º at night in winter. My plants all do well at this temperature.

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June 13, 20070 found this helpful

Well I have an aloe that has survived my inattention for 5 yrs now. I let it go sometimes 3 months with no watering. Then I think about the poor ting n water deeply. I have had to transplant it 4 times and need to do it again. It has never been outside but sits in a west window with muted sun in the summer and full sun in the winter. In 25 yrs this is the only plant I haven't killed.

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June 13, 20070 found this helpful

Okay, I am so glad not to be the only one mystified on the care of my aloe plant! I would think it would be good to take it outside.

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By Melinda Australia (Guest Post)
June 13, 20070 found this helpful

Ok I live in a really hot country and I put a tiny aloe plant in to a pot leave it outside never inside and I do't water it. The plant is big now. in Australia we have to have plants that don't need watering.


It is growing great for 4 years now and it has little plants that grow and you can pot them and give to friends. My advise leave it outside and leave it to nature bye

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By octoberbabye (Guest Post)
June 13, 20070 found this helpful

I took some shoots from a large plant that was too big for the pot and put the new ones in a wooden planter I made with rocks on the bottom and a combo of dirt and sandy dirt.
They were pink for the longest time, but finally have started to turn the usual green color. I water them only once a week very lightly, and they have now been outside under a tree about a month.
I have a few shoots in water inside the house. They haven't grown, but they have hung on and are a good green color.
I am on the west coast of Florida.
Someday I will have a green thumb like in the picture.

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By Dar (Guest Post)
June 13, 20070 found this helpful

Just replant your aloe in a bigger pot make sure to use miracle grow.Aloes need lot's and lot's of sun and water here and there they do not take as much as other plant's.But keep it indoor's and give it as much light as possible.You can start new plant's now by putting them in water and it does not take long for them to root.Then, plant but give it space because they will grow .Also I found out the hard way that if you set your inside plant's outside they end up with bug's that will also attack them and kill the plant if this is your problem clean pot's out with bleach and buy somthing to kill the bug's.

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By Shelly (Guest Post)
June 13, 20070 found this helpful

Aloes are succulents! They can't stand full sunlight. They need very little water. Over watering will cause them to rot.

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May 2, 20080 found this helpful

I want to grow and process aloe vera by planting aloe vera plants. For this purpose, kindly guide me accordingly.


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July 10, 2007

Here is that same aloe plant after the January freeze we had in Southern California. It is recovering.

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January 10, 2010

I have two small aloe plants that I left outside overnight when temperatures reached into the 20s. Now they seem so limp, and their coloring has changed.


My grandmother gave them to me and they flourished this summer, with me doing very little to them. So I am wondering how to help them bounce back from a possible freeze or at the very least a shock. Advice? Thank you in advance.

By APRIL from SC

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February 2, 2007

I have an aloe plant that is really big and has a yellow stripe on the leaves. What type of aloe plant is that?

Harry from Silver Springs, FL


February 4, 20070 found this helpful

Do a google search. Aloe with yellow stripe. It brings up a lot of different types of Aloe.

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By (Guest Post)
February 5, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like an agave, not an aloe.

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January 29, 2006

Aloes are succulent plants belonging to the lily family, indigenous to East and South Africa. They have thick, fibrous roots and numerous, fleshy narrow leaves with toothy edges that protrude out from all sides of the root.

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March 14, 2012

Aloe plants make for very thoughtful, pretty and frugal gifts. I received one a couple years ago and I have been regrowing new ones from it's shoots to give to people.

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April 8, 20133 found this helpful

Buy an Aloe Vera plant from the store or get one from a friend. Plant it in your garden. It will multiply and grow many baby plants.


When you need a gift, just take an coffee can or plastic milk bottle cut in half and fill with soil.

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January 19, 2012

I have grown aloe vera for many years now. It likes lots of sunshine and likes to get dry completely before being watered again. Also, it likes light, sandy soil, not heavily fertilized, rich soil.

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