Plant Name: Aloe spp.
Common Names: Medicine plants and Aloe
Light Needs: High light with at least a half-day of full sun; it can adapt to lower light levels.
Best Temperatures: About 70ºF during the day and 50ºF at night.
Water and Humidity Needs: Allow to dry between watering.
Growing Guidelines: Grow in clay pots in all-purpose mix with added sand to help with drainage. Fertilize lightly once a year in the fall.
Common Problems: Over watering may cause rotting.
Propagation: Remove offsets any time.
Interesting Facts: Over 450 species of Aloe have been described with diverse forms and sizes. The genus includes small grass-like herbs and stemless succulent rosettes a few inches tall to larger species with stout 60 foot trunks, occupying the ecological niche of trees. Aloes are distributed across sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and Arabia. Aloes are featured in prehistoric rock art by Bushmen and have been cultivated for thousands of years.