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In the warm and dry areas, aloe vera can grow outdoors. In Germany, real aloe is cultivated as a houseplant. She can spend the summer outdoors. In winter, aloe vera, which is sensitive to frost, has to be indoors.

The aloe vera does not like frost at all

Aloe vera is believed to have originated in the African desert. The wild specimens are species protected by the Washington Convention on the Protection of Endangered Species. The only exception is the famous aloe vera (true aloe), which is now widely cultivated in Central America, Asia, Africa, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. The warmth-loving aloe plants prefer constantly warm temperatures in connection with short rainy periods.

In this country, aloes are valued as easy-care indoor plants. They only need a few things to thrive:

  • a bright and warm location,
  • permeable soil (soil-sand mixture),
  • little moisture without waterlogging.

Do not bring aloe outside until June

When late frosts are no longer to be feared, aloe vera can be placed outside. There she feels comfortable in a warm and sunny place. Initially, you should place the aloe in semi-shade and slowly acclimate it to the sun. Later it tolerates full sun. Their leaves can turn brown to protect them from the sun's rays, which is not harmful.

Aloe is supposed to be back in the house in September

Aloe vera does not tolerate frost. She should therefore be brought back into the house at the end of the summer. There she can happily hibernate at 10-15° Celsius and prepare for flowering in spring. During the hibernation, only water when the soil is completely dry and do not fertilize.


Aloe aristata is a small, hardy aloe species that can also overwinter outside in the Central European climate.

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