Aloe Vera is hailed as a celebrity superstar plant when it comes to health and wellbeing. Its list of claimed health benefits is a long as your arm, but what you can be sure of is that it's attractive, tough and good to have around. Although scientific opinion on its effectiveness sways back and forth Aloe Vera makes a very attractive houseplant and being a succulent it needs relatively little water - ideal if you're a forgetful gardener.
This easy to grow plant makes a stylish and useful addition to the kitchen windowsill.
Please note that the pot in the photograph is for illustrative purposes only and is not supplied with the plant.
Plant Type: Houseplant
Hardiness: H1 Very tender. Indoor plant, suitable for home or conservatory.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 30cm x W 30cm (Mature age: 3 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: -
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Aloe Vera originates in hot desert climates so is no stranger to a bit of sun. Ideally put it in a sunny south or west-facing room. It will tolerate slightly shadier spots although with shade and too much water its growth will become pale and elongated.
Conversely, if it gets too dry and baked, the leaves will curl slightly at the edges and take on a reddish tinge, telling you it's time to get out the watering can.
Feeding isn't a deal-breaker for this plant, although if it's been in the same pot for a few years or its growth is looking sparse, give it a general purpose feed in the summer months, a few days after its most recent watering.
Pruning is easy, simply pull away any dead leaves with a sharp tug. Aloe Vera frequently sends out lots of babies (offsets) from the base of the plant - these can be pulled off and potted up to make new plants.