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A mature aloe vera plant can tolerate full sun even in midsummer. For the young plants, the freshly repotted aloes or after the hibernation, however, the following applies: first place them in a sun-protected place and slowly get used to the sun and bright light.

Young aloe plants do not tolerate too much direct sun

Aloe vera loves sun and warmth. A bright location is essential for the plant to thrive. It is true that the leaves of aloe vera turn reddish when exposed to strong, permanent sunlight. However, this does not harm the plant. When the sun's power subsides, aloe vera regains its green color. However, in some situations it is advisable to protect the plants from too much sun.

Offshoots and cuttings need sun protection

The offshoots cut off for propagation and the cuttings obtained from the leaves are left to dry for several hours and then placed in containers with sandy soil. Place the pots in a bright place, but not in direct sunlight.

Not too much sun after hibernation

After the winter you should slowly get your aloe vera used to the sun and bright light. It is best to place the plant in a semi-shady place for a few days. Even the aloes bought in summer should not be placed in the blazing sun immediately.

Older aloes generally tolerate more sun than younger plants. In any case, the plants standing outdoors in midsummer should be watered vigorously. At the same time, it must be ensured that no waterlogging occurs.

Keep freshly repotted plants protected from the sun

Repotting also means stress for the robust aloe vera. It is therefore advisable not to immediately expose the freshly repotted plant to strong sunlight, but to place it in partial shade for a few days.


In case of sunburn, the aloe vera gel cools the irritated skin. The aloe vera gel also develops its antibacterial effect as a wound healing agent. When treating burns and insect bites, the previously frozen leaf pieces have a particularly pleasant cooling effect on the skin.

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