Aloe vera or what is commonly cared "burn plant" is one of the easiest succulents to grow. I consider it the Ficus of the succulent world because it's grown everywhere. I'm never surprised to see it sitting in windows of homes, restaurants and shops near me. From my readings of various gardening forums and results that bring people to my gardening blog I am surprised just how much trouble people have growing it. It's an easy houseplant.
"Why is my Aloe Vera dying?"
Caring for your Aloe vera houseplant can be very easy if you take into consideration where the plant comes from and what the conditions are that will make this houseplant thrive. This plant is native to the Mediterranean and that's an important clue to successfully grow this houseplant. It comes from a hot, dry and sunny area-so give it heat, sun and don't water it so much. Resist the urge to water it every time you walk past your Aloe vera-your plant will thank you.
"Why are my Aloe Vera leaves mushy?"
Chances are that you're watering this plant way too much cut back on watering to prevent rot. In the winter it may become dormant and your continued watering to try to perk up your houseplant will only result in death. If you live in a cold climate like I do don't leave your Aloe vera next to the window overnight when the temperatures drop drastically.
"How to repot Aloe vera."
Aloe vera can be allowed to get root bound; meaning that you can let it grow in the same pot until the roots fill the pot. Repotting of Aloe vera should be done when the plant becomes top heavy; meaning the plant starts to tip over because the part(s) above the soil are getting heavy. Find a pot that is deeper than it is wider. You can let the pups or "Aloe vera babies" grow in the pot with the mother until they start to get large. Once they're big enough remove them because they sap energy from the mother. Soil for Aloe vera should be well draining and not retain a lot of moisture.
This really is an easy plant and with proper husbandry you can have a thriving plant that you're proud of. Here in Chicago I've seen them reach 3 feet in a pot sitting in a window and I've even seen them blooming. One time I was surprised to see an Aloe vera blooming in a north facing window of a beauty salon.
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