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Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Barbados Aloe

Barbados aloe

Aloe vera otonal photograph by Francisco Floreal Artese.


Aloe vera Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aloe vera
  • Common Name: Barbados aloe
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Indoor Plant, Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 24
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details: Orange, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Silvery, Variegated
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture is likely gives best results)

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seeds sown with heat as soon as ripe or from offsets
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Scale insects and mealybugs
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought, poor soil
  • Best Garden Use: Container, Ground cover, Rock garden
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Periodic blooms, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Aloe species
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

Aloe Species



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