The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion.
The gel inside their juicy leaves can be used to soothe burns and minor skin irritations. And, in the right conditions, they can grow up to a metre wide!
In spring and summer, feed your Aloe with a liquid fertiliser (make sure to use fertiliser made specifically for succulents and cacti).
Give your aloe vera a big drink of water, but not too often. The soil should feel moist after watering, but let it dry out (almost completely) before watering again.
The plant’s roots can rot if the soil stays overly wet or if you let it sit in water. So make sure your plant is in soil with good drainage and a pot with drainage holes on the bottom.
Put your aloe in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight (or artificial sunlight!) But avoid direct sunlight as this can dry out the plant too much and turn its leaves yellow.
Aloes might struggle in low-light conditions.
Aloes love warmth, so make sure you put yours in a spot away from draughts or cold windows.
Pet and baby safe?
Toxic to pets if eaten.