Aloe (Aloe Vera)

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Description

The thick, serrated leaves of Aloe Vera confirm that this houseplant is a succulent that’s used to arid conditions. Its hardy nature makes Aloe easy to maintain. Very much like a cactus, Aloe Vera will store water in its fleshy leaves.


Extracts from Aloe Vera leaves are widely used in cosmetic gels as a soothing moisturiser. Growing slowly to a maximum height of around 1m (39in), Aloe Vera has been given an Award of Garden Merit by the UK Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).



Water / Feed



Like other succulents, Aloe enjoys a generous drink of water, followed by time to dry-out. Water sparingly through Winter. Feeding isn’t usually necessary.



Pet / Child



Aloe Vera leaves are toxic to dogs and cats. Position this plant out of the reach of pets that like to chew. Aloe Vera leaves have serrated edges.



Temperature / Humidity



Average room temperatures will be perfect for this hardy succulent. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 10°C (50°F) can be harmful.



Soil Type



This is a houseplant that thrives in a compost/sand mix for cacti and succulents. Ensure that the pot or container has holes base to improve drainage.




Light / Position



Aloe Vera is a houseplant that loves bright, indirect sunlight. Aloe is well suited to a spot near a window or being displayed in a conservatory.



Health Benefits



Aloe Vera has gained a good reputation as an air purifier. Like other green succulents, Aloe uses photosynthesis to convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into pure Oxygen.



Growth / Spread



Aloe Vera leaves can grow slowly to a height of around 1m (39in). Occasionally, a vigorous Aloe can produce tall spikes of spectacular flowers.



Geographic Origins



This hardy houseplant is cultivated from species found in North Africa.