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Aloe vera


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Key information

Plant type

Cactus or succulent

Flower colour




Skill level


Aloe vera

Plant details

This easy-to-grow succulent forms dense clumps of fleshy, light green leaves with soft toothed margins. Spikes of tubular yellow to orange flowers appear in summer, but rarely in the UK. It is best grown as a houseplant in the UK. Grow in a mixture of loam-based John Innes No 2 compost with additional sand or perlite for increased drainage. Apply a balanced liquid feed during the growing season and reduce watering in the winter. It should be kept at a temperature no lower than 10 degrees C. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Aloaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: vera

Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Grey

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Time to divide plants: June to August

Reader reviews


i have 3 shoots come up 3 weeks ago now they are 3 4 6 inch. Can i divide now, or have to wait Jun to Aug next year


Easy to grow, hard to kill, perfect houseplant! Great to have around for medical 'emergencies' too!

Scott Asbury

Do I just leave the flower stem after flowering or do I remove it?

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