How much water does an Aloe Vera need?

Aloe Vera plants are succulents. They can store water in their leaves, which is why the leaves are super squishy and way thicker than the leaves of other plants. Aloe Vera plants are originally native to Africa and thrive in hot and dry climates. They can also grow in planting pots indoors and do well in some warmer and rather dry climates outdoors. Usually, they do well in areas where rain does not reach them directly, but they still get a lot of direct or indirect sunlight.

As a whole, Aloe Veras need to be watered when the soil feels dry. They require less water in winter than during the hotter summer months. During the winter, watering once every month is sufficient, while during the summer, an Aloe Vera needs water approximately once a week depending on the temperature and humidity.

In the following, you will find information on how often an Aloe Vera needs water and how to find out if an Aloe Vera is watered too much, or too little.

How often should a potted Aloe Vera be watered?

Too much water is the biggest mistake people make when growing Aloe Veras in planting pots. The roots of the plant rot if they are constantly wet. This will cause the plant to wilt and eventually die. Too little water will also cause the plant to wilt, but chances are high that it recovers if given more water.

The best way to water Aloe Veras in planting pots is to wait until the soil feels dry. Once the soil is dry, you can water the plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

During the winter, Aloe Veras need less water than during the summer. They should be watered approximately once a month in winter, or when the soil is dry to the touch.

During the summer, they should be watered about once a week, depending on the temperature and humidity.

What does an overwatered Aloe Vera plant look like?

An overwatered Aloe Vera plant looks like it is wilting and the leaves are turning yellow or brown. The plant may also have mushy or soft leaves.

Can an Aloe Vera plant recover from overwatering?

If an overwatered Aloe Vera plant is not too far gone, it can be saved. 

First, stop watering the plant and allow the soil to dry out completely. Next, gently remove the plant from its pot and check the roots. If they are mushy or black, they will need to be trimmed away. Once the roots have been trimmed, replant the Aloe Vera in a pot with well-draining soil and water only when the soil is dry to the touch.

How to know if an Aloe Vera plant needs water

If the leaves of your Aloe Vera plant look wilted or droopy, it is likely that it needs some water. Another way to tell if your plant needs water is to check the soil. If the soil feels dry to the touch, it is usually time to water your plant.

How long can an Aloe Vera plant go without water?

An Aloe Vera plant can go without water for about two to three weeks during the summer. During the hotter months, the plant will need to be watered more frequently.

During the winter, Aloe Vera plants can go without water for up to 6 weeks depending on the temperature and the humidity.

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Written By Anna Basil

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