ALOE VERA is a juicy succulent found on many desks and shelves in homes across Britain. While many of us love this easy house plant, few of us know the crafty hacks to keep them thriving – but what are they?

Renowned for its hydrating gel, aloe vera is loved for its evergreen, juice-filled spikes. The plump branch-like growth of this hard-shelled succulent is a relatively low maintenance house plant which thrives in direct sunlight. With houseplants and natural skincare becoming increasingly popular among us Brits, aloe vera is a popular choice for plant-lovers everywhere – and these top tips will keep your succulent healthy.

The first step to growing a healthy aloe vera plant with thick, green, fleshy leaves is to choose the right pot.

Terra cotta pots are a fitting choice for their weight and durability.

Not only will a terracotta pot give you the gorgeous contrast of the Mediterranean orange tones against the rich leaves of the aloe plant, but it will also allow your succulent to drain fully after watering.

Plastic or glazed pots are a good alternative to terracotta pots, though they will retain more moisture.

Choosing the right pot:

Reaping the benefits of your home-grown aloe vera will quickly become a distant memory if you allow your plant to out-grow its pot.

If your aloe plant is starting to look leggy or droopy and smaller pups have cropped up in the pot, it’s time to upsize your pot.

Clean and dry your larger pot and place a small piece of screen over the drainage hole – this will keep the soil from falling out the bottom and promote free drainage.

Carefully remove the aloe vera plant from its current pot, then, gently brush away any excess dirt from the roots.


Remove secondary aloe plants and carefully trim overgrown stems.

If your aloe is suffering from a long, spindly stem that won’t fit in the new pot it can be partially severed.

Stem removal is a risky move and could kill your plant if done carelessly.

To trim the stem, cut off part of the stem while leaving as much as possible on the plant.

Then the bare plant and place it in a warm area with indirect sunlight and wait for the wound to heal in the form of lumpy overgrowth.

Find a sunny spot on a windowsill or sun-soaked. “Brinkwire Summary News”.


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