For those who do not occupy plant-related spaces on a regular basis, Aloe Vera is typically the only plant one thinks of when thinking of Aloe. But Aloe Vera is simply one type of plant that exists under the "Aloe" umbrella. Similarly to how Boston Terrier is only one of the types of canines that exist under the "dog" umbrella. For people who love plants and wish to turn their own home into a greenhouse of sorts but live in low light environments, travel frequently, and find raising plants difficult to do, the plants of the Aloe family can be a wonderful, simple, and low-maintenance way of stepping into the plant world. This article lists ten different types of aloe for the home and/or garden as well as how to care for each of them in order to give them their best life.
10 Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is the poster child of the Aloe family. Everyone knows its name and is often the first (or even only) plant one thinks of when thinking of the Aloe plant.
Though succulent plants are relatively low maintenance and require little care, they are still living organisms and need nourishment in order to survive or even flourish. Aloe Vera plants placed inside pots or other forms of planter containers need to be kept well-drained, in a sandier potting soil, and requires a fair bit of sunlight/daylight.
9 Aloe Perfoliata
This type of Aloe can be identified by its shorter leaves and floral formation. From above, it appears like a green rose with pointed petals and likes to grow in clusters with its siblings. In order to care for the Aloe Perfoliata plant, one needs to ensure that this plant does not sit in stagnant water as overwatering the plants can cause serious issues for the plant. If the plant begins to tip over, it requires replanting. This plant needs soil with a heavy mix of sand and pebbles and requires access to bright natural light.
8 Aloe Brevifola
Similar to the Aloe Perfoliata, the Aloe Brevifola is known for its short leaves and rosetta appearance. These plants prefer a warm and dry climate when grown outdoors, but indoor planted growth is also a viable option for these plants and they can easily flourish in these environments with the proper care.
In order to properly care for the Aloe Perfoliata, one only needs to follow the following rules. Do not allow this plant's soil to stay moist/wet on a consistent basis. This plant only requires very light and minimal watering as well as access to bright natural light.
7 Aloe Ferox
This type of Aloe is one of the more visually stunning types. Though the traditional short green plants are beautiful in their own way, the brilliant orange colors of the Aloe Ferox's single flower is both unique and incredibly aesthetically pleasing. The Ferox tends to grow in a more solitary fashion than the other plants on the list and requires a bit more care as well. The Ferox requires a sandy/loamy soil and space to grow. It requires full access to natural sunlight and a well-maintained drainage system.
6 Aloe Bakeri
The Aloe Bakeri is one of the more resilient and low-maintenance plants in the Aloe branch of the succulent family. If one is cursed with the anti-green thumb and finds growing plants to be a true challenge but still loves the look of genuine plants over plastic, the Aloe Bakeri is a wonderful place to start.
The Bakeri simply requires a glass terrarium like casing in the winter, small drops of liquid fertilizer during major growth periods, and very minimal watering.
5 Aloe Ciliaris
The Aloe Ciliaris is another type of Aloe plant that typically produces colorful and bright flowers during most growth phases. The flowers that grow on this plant appear like a tube-like and typically orange version of the hanging flowers seen in other plants such as Foxglove or Bluebells. The Aloe Ciliaris is also a unique type of aloe as it is known to "climb" upwards if given the chance. This wonderful plant requires moist but sandy soil and room for the climbing to occur.
4 Lace Aloe
Lace Aloe plants are a smaller succulent that typically appears like the Chrysanthemum flower and grows in a tight rosetta formation. These types of aloe plants are very commonly grown indoors as house plants and can thrive in these types of environments due to their low maintenance nature and minimal needs.
The lace Aloe succulent plant is a wonderful starter plant for someone living in a space that does not get a large amount of natural light as this plant thrives with minimal light. The lace aloe simply requires enough watering to keep the soil moist.
3 Aloe Camperi
The Aloe Camperi, also known as the 'popcorn aloe,' prefers to grow in colonies with its siblings when given the chance; though can also thrive on its own. This plant produces brightly colored orange flowers during certain growth phases and requires little to no care. These plants thrive in both low light and well-lit areas and require the bare minimum when it comes to watering. In fact, they are relatively drought resistant and prefer drier climates. They are the perfect plant for someone with a busy schedule or who often travels for moderate periods of time.
2 Aloe Humilis
This lovely little succulent can easily be identified by the white speckles on their long and twisting leaves. If left to grow on its own with minimal grooming, the plant will grow in a rosetta formation and bloom beautiful fire colored flowers.
Fun fact: like Aloe Vera, the substance found in the leaves of this plant can be an effective home remedy for sunburns and other forms of minor surface burns. This plant requires a bit more watering than other forms of aloe but needs the ability to drain out excess water and the soil should only ever be moist to the touch- never wet.
1 Candelabra Aloe
The Candelabra Aloe is a strong type of Aloe that can grow up to five feet tall if given the chance and room to do so. These aloe types are known to bloom beautiful flowers during certain growth phases which grow on long stems that raise the flowering sections high above the rest of the plant. Though unique in appearance, the Candelabra Aloe is basic in care. Though it prefers outdoor areas, it can thrive indoors if given the proper care. The Candelabra Aloe requires a sandy and dry soil in the summer and moist soil in the winter as well as room to grow vertically and an abundance of sunlight.