The most famous of the Aloe family, the Aloe Vera is a super easy plant to care for, it tolerates being forgotten about for long periods of time so if you're irregular with your watering habits, this is the one for you.
It's also perfect for sun worshippers who tend to overdo it - just snap one of the stems and rub the sap straight onto skin for instant relief. Keep it in a bright spot and only water once the soil has dried thoroughly.
I have pale green, thorny leaves on a stout trunk. Inside my stems is a gel that has been used to treat a plethora of ills.
Six to eight hours of direct sun is best for me.
Water me when my soil is dry to 2" below the surface. Make sure I am not sitting in water.
I will grow well in normal room temperatures and I'm tolerant of dry air. To encourage flowering, however, it is best to give me a short winter rest at a temperature of no more that 10°C (50°F).
I don't need much in the way of food. Fertilise me once a year in Spring, ideally with a formula rich in phosphorus.
Whilst I'm known for being an all-cure natural remedy, I'm best kept away from children and pets.
I will not need much grooming.
I will live a long time with the correct care.
General Information About Your Plant
I originate in South Africa.
I have been known to grow as tall as three feet, but I'm not likely to get much higher than two, so I won't take over your house!