Aloes come in many different shapes, sizes, and even colors. One of the most well-known members of this species is Aloe vera. Aloe vera has many uses, including skin topical for sunburn. Despite the great variety of aloes, their care is generally the same. These plants love morning light and dappled sunlight for the rest of the day. Direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day, will cause the leaves to burn. These plants are succulents; you will find that the inside of the leaves have a gelatinous substance that retains water.
Aloe likes well-drained soil that is kept relatively moist but not soaked. If the leaves start looking flat and concave, the plant is not getting enough water. Fertilize the plants three times a year with an all-purpose fertilizer. Feed once in the spring, summer, and fall.
Some of our favorites: Aloe vera, Aloe ‘Hedgehog’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Use in succulent gardens or as a houseplant
Red, yellow, orange, depending on variety
Water regularly until established and then as needed
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Direct morning sun, dappled sunlight for the remainder of the day
Varies depending on the variety
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Jade, crossandra, penta