The Q&A Archives: Aloe vera

Question: Where I could get some information on aloe vera. I never had house plants before, and just purchased Aloe Vera today. Thank you.

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 yours 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.

The most common problem with aloes is overwatering so watch for the signs: If your plant begins to wilt, it's probably because it's been overwatered. Aside from overwatering, aloe veras are easy to grow. enjoy!

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