Growing Aloe Indoors – Popular Easy to Grow Plant

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Guides, Herb Directory, Herbs A-E, HowTo's, Medicinal | 12 comments

The amazing aloe plant is the most used herbal remedy in the united states. You can easily have an ample supply on hand by growing aloe indoors all year. It is easy, I will show you how!

I remember as a kid getting a burn off a hot pan and my grandmother snapping a leaf off the aloe plant and soothing it. One of the reasons that aloe has reached such popularity is the large amounts of health and nutritional properties it boasts.

The Aloe plant is from the succulent family of plants and is very easy to care for inside in your home. Aloe Vera plants have thick elongated juicy stems that have a beautifully variegated coloration. It makes an attractive addition to your decor and fits well in almost any room of your home.

Growing aloe indoors requires plenty of bright indirect light and good draining soil. These succulents originated in Africa and are use to sunny dry climates so keep this in mind when choosing your space. They are tolerant of less light but never to overwatering.

Some of the links on this site and in this article are affiliate links that pay a commission for completed purchase. This does not result in any additional cost to you. I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real, unbiased information.

Growing Aloe Indoors

You will likely be able to find established small to large Aloe Vera plants for sale at various locations. They are very popular at nurseries, box stores and even sometimes in a local grocery mart.

They can also be very rewarding to grow from start to maturity. How will you start? Seeds or Puppies?

Aloe from Seed – A Bit of Patience

Growing an aloe plant from a reliable mature seed source can be an option if you are patient and have the time. In most cases, propagation from a mature aloe plant through offsets (babies) are the best options.

It takes an Aloe plant 4 to 5 years or more to mature into the flowering stage to produce seeds. Viable seeds should be flat grayish brown to black, white or light colored seeds are immature and will not germinate. Seeds purchased or harvested should be used within a year’s date for best viability. Amazon marketplace has a large array of vendors and many have a great reputation for providing reliable seed sources when it comes to unique plants. You can see my review here.

Steps:

  • To germinate seeds you should use a good quality succulent or cactus soil or mix your own well draining sterile potting mix greater amounts of sand and perlite to compost. It is best to start your aloe seeds is smaller flats that can be transplanted later into permanent pots later on.
  • Moisten the soil prior to placing the seeds gently just into the soil surface. Cover the trays with plastic wrap or plastic lid and place on a heating mat. Aloe seeds will need light to germinate so place in a sunny window or under grow lights.
  • During the germination process, you will need to mist the soil surface occasionally to keep it moist not soaking. Germination can take 2 to 4 weeks so try to be patient. When sprouts begin to emerge remove plastic or lid but keep on the heating surface for a few more weeks to aid root development.
  • Your seedlings are going to be very sensitive to dampening off and over watering so at this point it is imperative that you begin watering your young sprouts from underneath. You can do this by setting your seedling trays in a shallow dish of water and allow it to absorb water for a few minutes whenever you notice the soil is beginning to dry out.

When 3 to 4 leaves have begun to form a good growth or you are noticing significant root growth around the base of the seed tray it is time to transplant into larger containers. They should be well-draining containers with holes for excess water to escape and use the same succulent cactus mix soil you used for starting your seeds.

These new plants as well as parent plants already have a developed root system and can continue regular plant care and watering. No special care is required with this propagation method and I have found it be very successful.

Propagate Aloe Vera Plants – Puppies?

A great way to start or multiply aloe plants is from an offset otherwise called a baby or pup. These are new smaller plants that sprout up naturally alongside the parent plant, either visibly above the surface of soil on the mother plant or just below the surface of the soil.

These Aloe pups, offsets can be harvested from the parent plant and repotted into their own containers and start their own “family”. I find this to be the easiest way to propagate and keep an ample supply of aloe growing all the time.

To remove these offsets you need to carefully remove the entire plant from the soil.

This is best done when the soil has reached a very drypoint as it will release easier from the container. This is also a great time to repot the parent plant as well and gives it a fresh soil make-over.

  1. While holding as much of the plant as you can gently in one hand turn the pot over on its side and squeeze on sides of the container or tap gently until the soil base loosens and can be pulled free.
  2. Gently remove the soil from around the roots of the plant and allow yourself as much visual as you can of the individual root systems of the pups you will be dividing from the parent plant.
  3. Once the soil has been loosened and removed locate the pup or pups on the mother plant. In most cases, they can be gently pulled from the parent. You may need a sharp sterile knife to prevent any stress damage to either plant. Take caution when separating the roots and be sure to get the roots of the offset without damaging the parent plant.
  4. Prepare your containers with moistened succulent mix soil and make holes large enough for the plant roots. Place pups and parent plant in their separate containers and gently press soil in around them.

How to Propagate Aloe Vera Video Demo

This video provides a visual demonstration of propagating aloe vera puppies. I did not produce this video. I thought it may be helpful for those who needed to see a visual tutorial.

If you enjoy this video by Neals Homestead you should subscribe. They have a lot of great videos that are very helpful.

 

Tips for Growing Aloe Vera

♥   Allow Aloe plants to drain well and always plant in containers with drainage holes.

♥   Allow the soil of the plant to dry out the top few inches in between watering and then water until moistened not soaking.

♥   Use good draining mix designed for succulents or cactus or make your own with heavy amounts of sand and perlite to sterile compost.

♥   Aloe Vera plants do not have a high fertilizer demand but if you need to once or twice a year with a fertilizer designed for succulents.

♥   Aloe likes sunlight, indirect bright is best.

Statements made with regard to the herbal benefits of any herbs on this site have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration as the FDA does not evaluate or test herbs. Contact your physician or healthcare provider before using any of these methods to treat a health condition.

Aloe Vera Plant Uses – The Small List

As I had mentioned earlier Aloe is the most widely used herbal remedy in the united states. I will be going into greater depths on the use of Aloe Vera in a later blog but here are some common uses that you may or may not be familiar with.

 

  • Burns and scalds
  • Sunburns
  • Soothes insect stings and bites
  • Treat Warts
  • Treats Athletes’ Foot
  • Skin Eliminate Eczema
  • Soothe and reduce damage from frostbite
  • Decrease the looks of dark spots
  • Conditions hair
  • Soothes digestive tract and eases indigestion
  • Use as a toothpaste to strengthen gums and teeth
  • Lowers Blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Easy to Grow Your Own Aloe Vera

Growing Aloe Indoors is easy and it has very simple needs. Before you know it you will have several thriving plants reproducing new pups for additional plantings. They can make great gifts for friends and family.

Want to start with a mature plant? I recommend purchasing from a reliable greenhouse or nursery. There are also many retailers on Amazon that have great reputations and quality plant starts.  You can find a variety of Aloe Plants from the Button below. ↓↓

Buy Aloe Vera Live Plants Here

There are 200 variations of the aloe plant so be sure to try a few different kinds. Let me know your experiences with aloe growing or if you have any questions. Leave me a comment Below! red arrow down right

Happy Growing!

Christina insideherbgardens.com

Author: Christina

Author: Christina

Hi! laughing It is great to meet you! I am happy you found your way here to Inside Herb Gardens. This is a hobby I am extremely passionate about. I love gardening, herbs and using them! I hope you do too. I am here to help. Reach out or drop me comments.

Learn More about Me HERE.

Get Exclusive First Look Access!

Never Miss an Article or Post. Be the first to learn about excitng contests or deals! Simple Opt in. No Spam!

12 Comments

  1. ariel

    Hello Christina!
    I so loved this article. And your entire website. It is so informative and helpful.
    I love aloe for all its medicinal qualities , and its unusual way of growing. I think a mature aloe plant is so beautiful to look at.

    That being said, I had aloe for years. And two plants were quite large and then all of a sudden I had aphids! First they attacked my Africa violets and I thought I had them under control, but they made it to my beloved Aloe too!
    I could not get it under control and had to throw them away.
    What do you suggest if Aloe plants get aphids and what do you think was the cause ?

    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Ariel,
      The nasty little aphids. I have had my fair share of run-ins with these little sapsuckers both in my inside and outside garden. The cause can be multiple things a new plant, a plant brought in from outdoors or just simply one caught a ride on your clothing and took up residence in your house. I think every gardener will run into these pests more times than they ever want.
      They will love aloe plants with their thick succulent leaves it is a very attractive plant to them. I also find it is one of the easiest plants to treat.
      The best method is trying to catch them early on, they multiply quickly so that is not always easy. If I notice aphids I start simple. I will try to brush off what I see or use some lint roller tape and lightly touch on the leaves to draw them off. Other tapes would work as long it is not so sticky that it may cause damage to the plant. Because they leave behind their saliva (called honeydew) which can cause fungus, mist the leaves and try to clean the area they were found.
      Food Grade Diatomaceous earth is my preferred method for larger infestations. It is safe for humans and pets. It is a powder so it spreads and cleans up fairly easily but I recommend a dust mask when applying. Dust the affected leaves of plants and the top of the soil as well. For better adhesion on the leaves lightly mist with water in advance. Diatomaceous earth is fossils of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms, the tiny bits of the skeleton have sharp edges that scrape through the protective body of insects and especially effective on aphids. The residue of the treatment will wear off on its own or you can gently mist and wipe after three to 5 days.
      Some people use a soap water blend. I will do this on occasion but it not my method of choice but works. I have used it effectively I am just not happy about the idea of a soap residue on consumables and have had some younger plants take badly to this way. It is 2tspn of mild dish liquid, like Dawn, to a gallon of lukewarm water. You mist the affected plant causing the aphids to suffocate.
      Sometimes it requires a sacrifice too. If part of the plant is badly infested you may need to cut those leaves out, or if you notice one plant completely covered you may need to eliminate that plant so you can save the rest of your garden. That is the hardest part for me so I put this last. Just do not lose your all your plants to these little monsters.
      I am sorry you lost your beloved Aloes and I hope that this can help you take better control of your aphids in the future. Anything else I can help you with please let me know!
      Christina

      Reply
  2. Sarah

    Wow, such a super article. I always wanted to grow aloe at home as it has a lot of beauty and health benefits. I will follow this articles and plant aloe acc to the advices given in this article.

    Reply
    • Christina

      I am looking forward to hearing about your progress with your Aloe planting. If you come up with any roadblocks or questions along the way, please ask!

      Happy gardening!

      Reply
  3. Dinh G.

    I have recently purchased an aloe Vera and was wondering why some of the leaves are turning yellow and dry?

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Dinh! Great question that I hope I can help answer for you. There may be a few reasons.
      The first thing that comes to mind is lack of humidity. Not the moisture in the soil but the humidity in your air right now may be a little lack. If you’re in my area of the country right now, US, winter has struck and the dry heat is on. This is going to suck a lot of the moisture out of the air. Your aloe plant likes humidity. An easy solution is misting your plant daily to try to make up that humidity. A lower maintenance solution is to set your plant on saucer or plate that is covered with pebbles or stones and run a shallow layer of water on the stones but away from the pot so the plant can draw the humidity but not added water into the soil.
      The second thing I would check for is location. Is there any draft where the Aloe Vera plant is located? A cold draft could be shocking your plant and causing your issue. Aloe does great in indirect bright light so you do not need to place them right in a window for them to do great and they will appreciate the steady room temperature.
      Do you grow other plants and herbs? If so this is likely a quick skip over possibility. Treated water. If you have county, city or municipal water that is treated it can harm your plant if not allowed to sit out 24 hours before using it to water them. Possible chlorines and other chemicals used to clean the water can be harmful to your plants and cause yellowing and drying. Succulents can be very sensitive to this.
      The other things I would look for as this is a new plant you just brought in your house is the soil. Does it look healthy? There should not be any mold or fungus growing this would be signs of the plant has been overwatered in the past or poorly draining soil. It could also be fertilizer burning on the plant. Aloe requires very little fertilizer. Sometimes you can visually see salt type build up on soil from fertilizers or some brands of fertilizers look like beads or foreign material in the dirt. If you are noticing any issues in the soil I would highly recommend repotting your Aloe Vera in some fresh soil before it’s condition gets any worse.

      There could still be other reasons that could be causing the yellow and drying out but I find these to be most common with Aloe and other succulent style herbs. If your still having issues let me know and we can try to problem solve some more. Keep me updated!

      Reply
  4. Dinh

    I think it might be the humidity factor or the draftiness like you said. It’s by the window right now which can be drafty…

    I will try spraying it and see how it goes.

    My bathroom has some good light and it gets humid each night when I have a shower. I also have an orchid in there. Is that a good place to leave it? It does get colder in the bathroom during the day though so I am concerned about the varying temperature changes.

    Reply
    • Christina

      I also grow orchids. They are one of my favorite flowers. They are tropical plants and have the same heat needs as the aloe plant. If the orchid is not affected by the temp changes in the bathroom it is very likely the aloe plant will not be impacted by it either.
      Orchids also like the bright indirect light like the aloe so they should make great companions.
      Once you move it give it a little time to show signs of improvement. May take a couple weeks before you see if it is going to be a good move or not. If it shows a continued decline I would look at some possible other issues starting with a fresh re-potting and make sure it is not a soil issue. I recently received a plant as a gift purchased from a big box store I think, only to find the soil was so heavily loaded with those little fertilizer beads that it was causing the leaves to yellow and burn out from too much fertilizer. I re-potted it and it is making a nice recovery. It is a Christmas cactus, the same succulent family.
      Let me know how it is going!
      Christina

      Reply
  5. Cynthia

    I really love the Aloe Vera plant and have always had one growing either in the ground or in a pot outside. However, I have not tried to grow an Aloe Vera plant indoors. I may try it now that I have good directions. Thanks!
    I have a friend that swears by aloe to condition her hair. All she does is break several pieces off and stores them in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Every day or every other day she takes the aloe and splits in two then rubs it on her scalp. Her hair is beautiful too!

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Cynthia,
      We are mostly opposite to growing Aloe. Up until very recent years, I had never grown it outdoors. It was one of the first houseplants I ever had. My grandmother had given me a pup off of one of her plants when I got my very first place. I just realized how long ago that was, time flies. I think you will find Aloe is a very forgiving and easy plant to grow inside.
      Thank you for the hair tips. I have added it to conditioner before but not nearly as much as I should. I think I will take your friends tips and give that a try! Especially this time of year I have a hard time with dry hair. The warmer the air it seems the more my hair like to dry out. Most the shampoos and conditioners on the market today have so many sulfates in them they tend to make it worse. I have used hibiscus frequently. I think I will try the two together.
      I will try to post updates!
      Let us know how the aloe inside goes!
      Christina

      Reply
  6. Dena

    Your post brought back memories of when I was young. Me and a friend had went to her grandmothers in a small town as they were having their annual “Old Settlers Days” which is basically a carnival with food and of course 4H functions as a small farm town. We spent the whole day riding the rides and walking around just taking everything in. We got back to her grandmothers house jumped in the shower and as the hot water hit our skin we realized how burnt we were from the days festivities. Our skin was on fire and of course it was grandma to the rescue. I remember this huge aloe vera plant she had growing and she snapped it off and broke it open and applied it to our burnt skin. I can just remember how much of a relief that was it is a wonderful plant and I have some growing inside now. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory of my childhood, even though it was a bit painful after the fact we had a wonderful time at “Old Settlers Days”.

    Reply
    • Christina

      Hi Dena,
      This is a wonderful story to share. Thank you very much. I have plenty of sunburn memories as well. Not all that pleasant. I am glad to hear that you have carried on the traditions today with your aloe plants. Sunburns and regular burns are some of the most common uses for Aloe. The herb serves so many other great purposes too. Since it is so easy to grow, it makes it a great indoor garden companion.
      Happy Growing.
      Christina

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This