Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. The plant is stemless or very short-stemmed with thick, greenish, fleshy leaves that fan out from the plant’s central stem. The margin of the leaf is serrated with small teeth.
Lighting: Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light. A western or southern window is ideal. Aloe that are kept in low light often grow leggy.
Watering: Watering is the most difficult part of keeping aloe vera healthy. The aloe is a succulent plant that’s accustomed to arid environments, but its thick leaves still need sufficient water nonetheless. Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. The soil should feel moist after watering, but should be allowed to dry out before you water again. If the soil stays overly wet, the plant’s roots can rot.
Tips: If you have dry skin during the winter or a sunburn after a sunny weekend, you can apply some of the internal gel found in the spears to help soothe any lingering irritation.
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