Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:05
I'm not sure if you're talking about echeverias or aloes - both rather different from each other.
The aloes have a very fleshy centre which can rot really easily if water sits within the leaves. They need very little water but mine live in partial shade here in the Languedoc - outside from February to November and watered only occasionally and if it is very hot, like now (38 degrees today). The leaves may fold in a bit to preserve moisture in hot weather. They like a very gritty free draining soil and cannot bear to stand in water as mentioned above. Any water should drain through the pot fairly quickly.
The echeverias are true succulents - again very gritty free draining soil and need even less water. I have mine in two balconnieres in full sun and they have not been watered since early April. I took pity on them this week as the temperature soared. They live on a wide wall all summer and will come in for the winter in November. They do not like sitting in water, and again if you allow water to remain within the rosettes they will rot. They are flowering right now.
My grandson grows succulents in England because they can stand a lot of neglect, like cacti!
I've tried to post a picture but the camera icon doesn't seem to do what the old green tree icon used to so I'm afraid that has been a failure. i Can't find a "how to" anywhere.