Aloe Vera, Asphodelaceae, Aloe, 4in Potted Plant, Organic, GMO Free
Name: Aloe vera
Scientific Name: Aloe vera
Currently one of the most well-known succulents of today, Aloe vera is used on minor burns and sunburns, as well having other consumer uses. Aloe, is a succulent which stores water in its leaves which make the leaves thick and fleshy and intolerant of frost and snow. However it works well as both an indoor houseplant, and outdoors in warmer zones. A happy aloe plant will produce bloom stalks in the summer which will bloom for a few weeks at a time.
Origination: South-west Arabian Peninsula
Recommended Uses: Ornamental, medicinal
Height: 2-3 ft (bloom stalks often tend to reach a little taller than the plant)
Hardiness: zones: USDA 8-11
Flower Color: yellow, yellow-orange
Growing Instructions: Aloe vera is very easy to care for and can be treated as you would any basic succulent. Aloe thrives in well-draining soil that is allowed to dry out quickly. The number one thing that can kill aloe is too much water over a period of time, so a lot of water at once is fine but if that is not allowed to dry out or is given more water too frequently it can cause root rot and be fatal for the plant. A fair watering once a week is usually more than enough water for the aloe to thrive. Aloe will want plenty of sunlight, and can do well in both full sun and part sun. However moving aloe plants from a part sun environment into a full sun one can cause the aloe plant to go through shock and change to a faded yellow and brown color. This is not usually fatal as long as nothing else is done to disturb the aloe (too much water, disturbed roots, physical damage) but it may take some time for the aloe plant to recover. If moving plants between different lighting conditions, slowly acclimate the aloe by increasing its total exposure to the direct sun by an hour for a couple days before increasing its exposure to the sun more. Try to avoid doing this during the hottest part of the day, sticking to early morning and late afternoon if you can.