Aloe Plant Features
Aloes are good indoor plants if you're busy and have a bright spot in your home. These houseplants have a bold texture that works particularly well with modern and contemporary decorating schemes, but they also fit in well if your tastes run more Mediterranean, eclectic, or exotic.
While aloes are traditionally thought of for their foliage when grown as indoor plants, they can bloom with tall stems of brightly colored flowers if they get enough light.
Aloe vera is the most common type of aloe, but there are plenty of other varieties available. Many have variegated foliage, which adds to their visual appeal.
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Aloe Growing Instructions
True succulents, aloes like to be kept dry -- they may only need watering once every couple of weeks or so, depending on conditions such as pot size, light, and temperature. Grow aloe in a bright spot for best results; the more light, the better these houseplants do.
Fertilize aloe a few times a year in spring and summer to keep it happiest. You can use any general-purpose fertilizer labeled for use on houseplants. Follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging for recommendations on how much to use.
Aloes typically don't require pruning except to remove old leaves as they fade.
Note: Aloe is not intended for human or animal consumption.
In arid, frost-free climates, aloes can also be grown outdoors as landscape plants. Like other succulents, they prefer well-drained soil and bright, sunny conditions. In cold-winter climates, aloe varieties also make great annuals for low-water planters and in garden beds and borders.
Indoors: High light
Low water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Aloe with these varieties:
Aloe naturally grows well with most other succulents. You can find varieties to accent aloe's texture or contrast it.
Agave and aloe look great together and love the same growing conditions. It's a perfect pairing.
Dress up aloe's foliage by pairing it with a flowering desert rose.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Often grown for the soothing gel in its leaves, aloe vera grows has gray-green toothed leaves and thrives in a bright place indoors or out. It's a perennial outdoors in Zone 10.
Aloe 'Bright Star'
A dwarf variety, Bright Star aloe features gray-green leaves edged in pinkish-red in full sun. It grows about 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11Desert Escape®
Aloe 'Cha Cha'
Cha Cha is a lovely aloe that features silvery-green leaves and white speckles. It grows 6-12 inches tall and wide. Zone 10Desert Escape®
Aloe 'Christmas Carol'
Christmas Carol aloe is a showstopper that bears gray-green leaves edged in reddish orange. It grows 6-10 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11Desert Escape®
Also commonly soled as Aloe ciliaris, climbing aloe features jagged, mid-green leaves and clusters of orange-yellow flowers. Its common name comes from the fact that it grows vertically and can weave its way up into shrubs or against trees. It can grow 10 feet or more outdoors in frost-free areas. Zones 10-11
Aloe 'Doran Black'
A gorgeous aloe that has gray-green leaves flecked with dark green, Doran Black is a slow-growing type that makes for a good houseplant in brightly lit spots.Desert Escape®
Fang aloe is a delightful hybrid with textural gray-green foliage edged in coral-orange. When happy, it produces clusters of orange-red flowers. Zones 9-11
A fun hybrid between an aloe and gasteria, this easy-to-grow plant thrives indoors or out in a bright spot. It features dark green leaves speckled in white.Exotic Angel® Plants , Desert Escape®
Gold Tooth aloe brings rich green color to sunny container gardens, beds and borders, and bright window sills. It grows 16 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11Desert Escape®
Aloe 'Green Sand'
Named for its highly textured leaves, 'Green Sand' aloe features gray green leaves marked with raised creamy spots (tubercles). In high light, it takes on more orange/red tones. In good growing conditions, it blooms with orange flowers. It grows 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Zones 10-11
Showing off rich green leaves marked with white streaks, it's a smaller and slow-growing variety that's particularly well suited to being a low-water houseplant.Desert Escape®
Minibelle aloe is a dwarf variety that shows off light green leaves speckled in white. It grows 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Zones 10-11Desert Escape®
Aloe 'Pink Blush'
Pink Blush aloe is a dwarf variety that features gray-green foliage variegated with streask of dark green. The leaf edges bear pink ridges. When happy, Pink Blush aloe offers spikes of orange flowers. It grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11
Sunrise is a colorful aloe that shows off gray-green leaves decorated with orange-red spots when grown in full sun. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11 outdoors.Desert Escape®
Showing off bright green leaves with white speckles, this slow-growing aloe is an exotic houseplant if you have a bright spot indoors. Or grow it outside in containers!Desert Escape®
Aloe 'Walmsley's Variegated'
Walmsley's Variegated aloe features dark green leaves variegated with streaks of cream and light green. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11Desert Escape®
Aloe 'White Lightning'
Featuring light green leaves variegated with creamy tubercles, White Lightning is a delightful low-water succulent for bright desks and window sills. When happy, it bars orangey blooms and stays about 10 inches tall and wide.