Growing Aloe

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Photo of an aloe vera plant.

Botanical Name:

Aloe Vera, Aloe Barbados

Common names:

Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Ghi Kunvar


Aloes are succulent plants belonging to the lily family, indigenous to East and South Africa. They have thick, fibrous roots and numerous, fleshy narrow leaves with toothy edges that protrude out from all sides of the root.

Life Cycle:





Aloe can be grown year-round in warm climates or indoors.


division and offsets

Parts Used:

leaves, roots

Harvesting and Storage:

Cut off leaves as needed and discard when finished.

Medicinal Uses:

Gel from the leaf blades can be applied directly to skin ulcers, burns, sunburns and fungal infections. Aloe is also used in veterinary medicine as an equine purgative. It is usually prescribed in combination with other herbal remedies to aid in digestive ailments.

Culinary Uses:


Other Uses:

decorative houseplant


related species are used as antidotes to arrow poison.
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January 19, 2012

I have grown aloe vera for many years now. It likes lots of sunshine and likes to get dry completely before being watered again. Also, it likes light, sandy soil, not heavily fertilized, rich soil.

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May 2, 2008

I want to grow and process aloe vera by planting aloe vera plants. For this purpose, kindly guide me accordingly.



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Thanks all of your for a quick response. My Basic intention is to grow aloe plant in a professional way and process the gel mechanically.


For this I need a proper guide line for some body so i can start in coming spring season.

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I can't tell you anything about processing the gel, but rest assured, there's nothing hard about growing the plants! If you live in the south - anywhere that it will grow (catalogs should tell you its hardiness zone), you can stick it in the ground, water if the ground gets too dry, and watch it grow.

When we moved to a home in southern California, the side yard was a mass of Spanish bayonet (aptly named!). We cleared it all out, and found that under the Spanish bayonet was hiding a solid mass of aloe vera. We transplanted some of it to edge our front sidewalk, and it thrived quite beautifully. We had neighbors coming over all the time to ask for a leaf, and we would reply, "no, take a plant - please!"

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June 13, 20080 found this helpful

I am interested to grow aloe vera, in my fram, at yavatmal, India, Pl. send me detailes project report at Email : girishdharamshi AT, or post at: Girish Dharamshi, Dhankunj, Rajendra Nagar, Dhamangaon Road, Yavatmal - 445001, M.S., india

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February 2, 2007

I have an aloe plant that is really big and has a yellow stripe on the leaves. What type of aloe plant is that?

Harry from Silver Springs, FL


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Do a google search. Aloe with yellow stripe. It brings up a lot of different types of Aloe.

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February 5, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like an agave, not an aloe.

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July 10, 2007

Here is that same aloe plant after the January freeze we had in Southern California. It is recovering.

Recovering Aloe Plant

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July 24, 2018

Aloe vera plants do not want too much water and like lots of sun. Allow the soil to dry out to your touch before adding water. This is a page about struggling aloe plant.

Large withering aloe plant.

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July 23, 2018

Aloe vera is an attractive succulent with a healing gel inside every green lobe. This is a page about caring for an aloe vera plant.

Aloe plant in a plastic pot.

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July 23, 2018

Aloe vera is a great plant for gifting due to its growth of new baby plants. Potting the pups in their own containers provides new plants for your home or to gift to friends and family.


This is a page about how to give an aloe plant as a gift.

Small aloe plant in a green pot.

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