Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis
Aloe vera plant is known for the healing properties of its sap. Also called Burn Plant or Medicine Plant, many people use the gel-like liquid from a broken leaf to soothe minor burns and abrasions.
Sap from a snapped-off leaf has restorative properties that can be applied directly to skin.
Aloe vera plant's sap is commonly used in medicines, lotions and cosmetics around the world.
Aloe vera plants are hardy, slow-growing succulents that grow in rosettes of plump, upward-curving green leaves. Aloe vera leaves are faintly spotted and edged with soft teeth.
Plants grown outdoors often bloom in spring with yellow, tubular flowers carried on tall flower spikes. However, it rarely blooms indoors. Aloe is easy to grow and fairly trouble-free.
Height: 1-2 ft (30-60 cm)
Light: Bright light, with some direct sun in winter. Keep aloe vera out of hot, direct sunlight in summer, which can scorch its leaves.
Water: Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall, slightly drier in winter. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely. When aloe vera is too dry the leaves will wrinkle.
Humidity: Average (around 40% relative humidity) to dry room humidity.
Temperature: Average room temperatures (65-75°F/18-24°C) year-round. If you move aloe vera outdoors for the summer, don't worry -- it can take the heat.
Soil: Cactus potting mix is ideal because it is fast-draining. Or add 1 part horticultural sand with 2 parts all-purpose potting mix.
Fertilizer: Spring through fall, feed monthly with a 2-7-7 succulent plant fertilizer.