True succulents, aloes like to be kept dry — they may only need watering once every couple of weeks or so, depending on conditions such as pot size, light, and temperature. Grow aloe in a bright spot for best results; the more light, the better these houseplants do.
Fertilize aloe a few times a year in spring and summer to keep it happiest. You can use any general-purpose fertilizer labeled for use on houseplants. Follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging for recommendations on how much to use.
Aloes typically don’t require pruning except to remove old leaves as they fade.
Note: Aloe is not intended for human or animal consumption.
In arid, frost-free climates, aloes can also be grown outdoors as landscape plants. Like other succulents, they prefer well-drained soil and bright, sunny conditions. In cold-winter climates, aloe varieties also make great annuals for low-water planters and in garden beds and borders.
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