Aloe vera is a type of succulent that is grown for it's burn relief gel, but also because it's a beautiful houseplant.
If you are new to aloe vera and want to learn how to grow and take care of this plant, look no further.
How to take care of aloe vera indoors
Start with purchasing an aloe vera plant like this one from Etsy or your local garden center.
The first thing you will want to do is repot it in a bigger pot. Depending on how big your aloe vera plant is, aim for a pot that is slightly bigger. This gives your plant room for the roots to grow and spread.
Always make sure to use a pot that has at least one drainage hole!
How much sunlight do aloe vera plants need?
Aloe vera need indirect sunlight, so pick a spot off to the side of a window. Or, make sure you are using a curtain if it's right in front of one.
How often should I water my aloe vera plant?
Water every 2 weeks, by submerging the pot in a sink of water about 3 inches deep. In the winter, water every 4 weeks.
Aloe vera are succulents, and as such, they don't need to be watered as frequently as other houseplants.
What kind of soil or potting mix should I use for aloe vera?
Like other succulents, it is best to avoid potting soil. Instead use a succulent potting mix because this helps with drainage.
Should I cut the brown tips off my aloe vera plant?
Yes! This is a form of pruning that aloe vera plants need to help keep them healthy and green.
Cut just under the brown tip with a clean pair of garden shears, and let the plant slowly seal itself up again.
Why do aloe vera leaves bend?
Some aloe vera plants that are not getting enough sunlight will have leaves that bend. This is the plant's way of trying to get to the sunlight it needs.
If you notice this, move your plant so that it is getting more sunlight.