Aloe vera is a cool choice that is bang on trend. It looks great grown on a windowsill or shelves.
Aloe is a slow growing stemless succulent with thick, fleshy, grey-green leaves with serrated edges. Although Aloe vera is typically found outdoors in equatorial climates it is more than happy grown in a pot inside in our more temperate climate. It is an easy plant to care for and is well known for its healing and air purification properties.
Bright, indirect sun light.
Does best in dry conditions. After watering, allow to dry out to at least 5cm deep before watering again. Less water is required in winter. Aloe vera will not tolerate excess water or standing in water so ensure the water can drain freely and do not over-water, as this will lead to rotting stems.
Average household temperatures are fine with a minimum of 10°C. Ultimate height: 1 metre. Slow growing.
Aloe vera should not require additional feeding, but if your plant looks like it could do with a boost, apply a phosphorus-heavy, water-based fertiliser at half-strength during the spring.