Houseplant of the Week: Aloe Vera Plant

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Aloe vera plants are succulents, meaning they store water in their leaves. This makes them very drought-tolerant and easy to care for. However, there are a few things you need to do to keep your aloe vera plant healthy and happy.

Light: Aloe vera plants need bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can scorch their leaves. If you’re growing your aloe vera plant indoors, place it in a south- or west-facing window. If you’re growing it outdoors, plant it in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

Water: Aloe vera plants should be watered deeply, but infrequently. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. If you overwater your aloe vera plant, its roots will rot.

Soil: Aloe vera plants prefer well-draining soil. A cactus mix or a succulent mix is ideal. You can also add some sand or perlite to your regular potting soil to improve drainage.

Fertilizer: Your aloe vera don’t need much fertilizer. Feeding once a month during the spring and summer is all they need.