Plant Profile – Aloe Vera

A thriving patch of Aloe Vera in one of my rockeries.  There are so many pups despite the fact that I have separated them out recently.

Also known as

  • Aloe barbadensis miller
  • Aloe
  • Barbados Aloe

Growing conditions:

  • Full Sun/Part shade/Bright shade
  • Succulent
  • Well-drained soil/sandy loam
  • Suitable for pots/indoor pots/garden beds/rockeries
I separated the central plant in this pot as a pup earlier this year and it’s already got its own pups.


  • Propagation is easiest by separating pups from a “mother” plant.
  • Demonstration available on my YouTube channel Click here to watch

When I think of Aloe Vera,  I think of sunburn.  I don’t know how many times I had the goo from inside the sticky stalk smeared all over a painful burn in my teens and twenties.  This amazing plant has many medicinal uses, but the relief it offers for any kind of burn is astounding. People around the world use it in many different ways and its medicinal qualities have been questioned by some. Everyone agrees, however, that it’s great for skin!

Split open the fleshy stalks to extract the sticky, clear gel from inside.
This sticky gel extracted from inside an Aloe Vera stalk can be used to soothe sunburn and minor burns. It has many other medicinal uses too!

I’ve never been blessed with amazing hair and as I get older it’s getting coarser and dryer. I recently read a blog post about using Aloe Vera as a pretreatment. I extracted some gel, rubbed it into my hair and scalp, paying special attention to the dry, dull ends. I tied it up in a bun and left it for 45 minutes before washing it. As soon as I took out the bun, before I even washed it, the ends were softer and shinier. After washing with my good quality shampoo and conditioner bars my hair is even softer than it usually is after washing. As an added bonus, my hands are oh so soft!

An Aloe Vera hair treatment has brought back shine, lustre and moisture to my difficult hair.

It’s also a wonderful air purifier and can be grown in a bright spot indoors.

The jury is out on whether it should be ingested but there are commercial “juices” available and some people swear by regular internal doses of this fascinating plant.

Wishing you soft hands and hair,

Jane Grows Garden Rooms

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