The Q&A Archives: Growing Aloe Vera Plants

Question: I have several small aloe vera plants and I can't seem to
get them to grow and they are not doing well at all. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Aloes come in all shapes and sizes, but the most commonly grown is Aloe variegata. It grows upright leaves that are triangular in shape. Aloes like average household temperatures and really flourish if nighttime temperatures are about ten degrees lower than daytime temperatures. Keep in a windowsill so the plant will receive some direct sunlight. Water when the soil begins to dry out, and water thoroughly. In the winter water only every 4-6 weeks. Plants appreciate fresh air and good air circulation, so open the window periodically and let the plant bask in the fresh air. If your plant is wilting, it's probably because it's been overwatered during the winter months. You can take your plant out of the pot and inspect the roots. If they're all brown and mushy, you probably can't save the plant. If most of the roots are firm and white, just cut off the soggy parts and repot the plant in fresh potting soil. Then be careful not to overwater it again.

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