How Often to Water Aloe

Aloe vera, or Aloe barbadensis miller, is a succulent with thick, plump leaves attached to one main stem. One of the common uses of aloe leaves is as a gel for burns, sunburns, and skin irritation. The leaves are inedible for both humans and animals and will cause an upset stomach if digested.

How Often to Water Aloe

Aloe should be watered every three weeks and allow the soil to dry completely in between. In the winter months, you should water aloe less frequently. When the sun is more direct in the summer, you can water more frequently. As always, you can tell if your aloe plant needs more water by checking the soil’s humidity.

Best way to water aloe plants

When watering, be sure to pour water until it comes out of the bottom holes of the pot. Having your aloe in a heavy pot with bottom holes is important for the drainage. To know when to water, feel a few inches into the soil for the best gauge of when to water. If the soil is dry, your aloe plant likely needs to be watered. Because it is a succulent, aloe does best in a sandy soil or a cactus mix, but make sure that the soil you choose has good drainage and doesn’t retain excess water. Do not let your aloe sit in water for too long as this increases the likelihood of rot. Letting the soil dry out in between waterings will also help prevent rot.

watering aloe plant
watering aloe plant

What does an overwatered aloe plant look like?

Yellow or discolored leaves, as well as limp leaves, are an indicator of overwatering. Make sure the soil is mostly or fully dry before watering and make sure the pot it’s in has holes for draining the water. If you leave an aloe in excess water or soupy soil, it may lead to root rot.

Should I cut the brown tips off my aloe plant?

The tips of your aloe may have turned brown due to a lack of water. It is safe to trim the brown ends of your aloe off, but not always necessary. If the tips are brown from lack of watering, it’s not necessary. However, if it is from a disease that the tips are brown, then ensure that you trim all the affected areas off. If you use the same shears for multiple plants, dip them in bleach before another use to prevent spreading the disease.

dry aloe leaf

How do I know if my aloe plant needs water?

The best way to check if your aloe needs water is by feeling about one to three inches deep into the soil. If the soil is dry, then it is okay to water. If too much time has passed between waterings, then the leaves of your aloe may also become droopy and brown.

Why is my aloe plant tall and skinny?

You can make the leaves plumper by watering less often. With infrequent watering, the leaves will retain more of the water and appear fuller. Your aloe also might be growing tall and skinny because it is reaching for the light and needs to be placed nearer to a light source. If it doesn’t receive enough light, it will become dormant and stop growing. 

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