Growing Aloe Vera Plant Indoors

Aloe Vera plants, Aloe barbadensis, are perennial plants in the Lily family that are known for their healing and soothing properties. The thick, succulent leaves are pale grayish-green with lighter spots and points along the edges. The center of each leaf is filled with a viscous gel. The plants are vase-shaped, and spread by shallow roots.There are around 450 species ranging in size from a few inches to a few feet.

Aloe Vera is closely related to Aloe ferox and Aloe brevifolia, both popular ornamental succulents.

Aloe Vera Plants Growing Conditions

The plants like a very well-drained potting mix, containing sand, perlite, pumice or sharp grit. Indoors, place your plant in bright light. If you would like to move it outdoors in the summer months, do so gradually, placing it at first in dappled light. Remember that Aloe cannot stand any frost. Help your plant readjust to indoor conditions by bringing it inside before nights get cool in autumn. Outdoors, Aloe can grow in full sun to partial shade. Aloe Vera is considered hardy in zones 9 through 11 and is often grown as a house plant year-round.


General Information
Scientific name - Aloe barbadensis
Common name - Aloe vera
Planting time - Spring
Bloom time - Spring or summer
Habitat - Rocky slopes
Uses - House plant, garden, medicinal
Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Plantae
Division - Magnoliophyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Order - Liliales
Family - Liliaceae
Genus - Aloe
Species - Barbadensis
Height - 8-24 inches
Spread - 12-36 inches
Habit - Rosette, colonizes
Texture - Coarse
Growth rate - Moderate
Leaf - Grey-green, pointed
Flower - White to orange
Light Requirement - Sun to part shade
Soil - Sandy, well-drained
Drought Tolerance - High

The cultivation of Aloe Vera presents a number of specific challenges that growers should understand. These challenges most commonly relate to watering, temperature, and soil.


Aloe Vera is classified as a "succulent" plant. This means that the plant has thick, waxy leaves that are designed to retain moisture and sustain the plant during the long dry-spells commonly experienced in its home range. Due to this, cultivators should take the following precautions when watering Aloe Vera.

  • Allow soil to completely dry before you water again.
  • When you do water, be sure to thoroughly drench the soil so water runs out the bottom.
  • Water less in winter months when plants take up less water than normal.

420 friendly landlords?

2004-12-03 20:53:17 by flynntech

Here is an unconventional inquiry for housing in the Boston area:
Anyone 420 friendly? By this I don't mean running a shady distribution ring out of my apt. Far from it, I'd like to harvest some indoor homegrown!
Don't worry about me, besides this I'm a good honest citizen. I probably wouldn't sell it on the street. I might stash it away and tear it up with the bong under the vent fan in the bathroom on a rainy day.
If electricity is paid for, even better! Don't worry, I'll use the latest in power management technology and only the most effiecient lighting. I'll keep it under 2,000,000 kw/ hours per month

The real questions?

2003-01-27 17:17:05 by ontrail

Ok, it dosn't seem like you got a good answer to your question so here's some info. First off you have to figure on what type of space your lighting. If you have over 5-7 lettuce plants you are probably going to want a different light. Unless you just doing this to see what happens but if you really want some lettuce you will have to get a 250 watt or 400 watt balast(depending on the size of your space). There are full spectrum grow florecents and you can get those at pretty much any hardware store. For the bigger indoor grow stuff, Berkeley indoor grow supplies is good. As for the stink

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