Love the look of an aloe? Have you ever thought about showcasing its beauty outside? You can easily move your aloe from being an indoor to an outdoor plant! But planting aloe outdoors can be a bit trickier. While still a pretty hands-off plant, an outdoor aloe does, however, come with some added responsibilities. There’s always a price to pay for beauty! But don’t let yourself get discouraged by the phrase “added responsibilities.” Remember all the positives of making the change: you can improve your landscape and make all your neighbors jealous!
The Benefits of Outdoor Living
Before we get into some of the drawbacks of planting aloe outside, let’s focus on the good things:
- Up, Up, and Away! Watch that Aloe Grow
No longer restricted to a pot, your aloe’s roots can spread out far and wide. Say goodbye to the days of trying to figure out when and how to repot your plant! And guess what happens when the plant’s roots have freedom? Your plant also has freedom to grow and grow and grow! Outside, your aloe has a much bigger pot to live in: the Earth. You will therefore probably see a spike in its leaf size and length as well as its pups. Gonna get huge!
You can, of course, harness your aloe vera’s growth by planting it outside in a pot. If you don’t want it getting too large and overwhelming the rest of your foliage, keep it in check with an appropriately sized pot.
- Aloes Can Live Through Droughts
Experiencing a drought? Or just live in a dryer climate? No need to worry about your aloe! Because aloes are used to the extreme conditions of African (arid, hot and humid), your aloe should do just fine without water for a while. If need be, you can always sneak some water to it from the kitchen faucet. No harm there! But, in all reality, your aloe will probably do better than if you live in a naturally wetter environment. Aloes do not need to be watered often, so keep an eye on your plant during the moister seasons than any dry spells, if anything.
Although you can vary the pot and placement of your aloe when it is in your home, your styling options skyrocket when you move the plant outside! In the front of the house or the backyard? What kind of arrangement will add to your aloe’s beauty? How can you best incorporate it into your garden, or will you let it stand on its own? Get creative! Put some thought into it! You do not just want to plop your aloe anywhere!
Aloe Vera Care Outdoors: The Extra Demands
An outdoor aloe can give you some extra trouble. Here are a few things you will have to consider when deciding whether to keep your plant indoors or allow it to grow outside:
- A Winter Warning
Aloes have difficulty surviving winters even indoors. When the temperatures drop, you need to move them away from windows and cold drafts to ensure their safety. Outside, you need to take even more precautionary measures to make sure you do not end up with a frozen aloe. The best solution? Bring that aloe inside! If bringing your plant inside is not an option for whatever reason, you can always throw a blanket over it and pin down the edges. This will help lock in heat for the plant. While this method of keeping out the cold is not flawless and you still might end up with a sad-looking aloe by the end of the winter, it certainly gives your aloe a better chance at survival!
- Sacrifice Flowers
No matter where your aloe grows (inside or out), it is difficult to get the darn plant to blossom! However, if your aloe is planted outside, it stands even less of a chance. Although there are ways you can increase the chances of getting your indoor aloe to produce beautiful flowers (you can try them on your outdoor plant as best you can), you might have to kiss that dream goodbye!
Indoors, or outdoors? Choose wisely. You have all the information you need to make the right choice for you!