Aloe vera is an easy care, drought resistant succulent plant It got its nickname, ‘medicine plant’, because the sap from its leaves soothes minor skin irritations and burns.
Keep these plants in a brightly lit spot with partial to full sunshine such as a south facing windowsill. In hot and sunny weather, make sure there is good air circulation around the plant to prevent scorching from the sun. If light levels are insufficient, the plant will show signs of etiolation (losing its colouration) and will become leggy as it stretches towards the light.
These plants prefer dry conditions, and are susceptible to rot if left in humid conditions or with damp soil. Always check the soil is completely dry before watering. For plants in pots with drainage holes, water thoroughly and allow the soil to drain and dry out completely between waters. If the pot hasn’t got drainage holes then be careful not to add too much water. In the growing season (during Spring and Summer) these plants will need watering every 1-2 weeks depending on conditions. During the Autumn and Winter months, temperature and daylight hours both decrease, and Cacti and Succulents will require much less water as a result. The soil will also take longer to dry out, so reduce watering frequency to every 4 - 6 weeks.
Cacti and succulents prefer loose, free draining, well aerated soil. We recommend purchasing cactus and succulent soil which will be mixed with ingredients such as perlite, coconut husk or pumice stone to achieve this.