One of the things I love about plants is that sometimes they give back.
Aloe Vera is one of those plants. You take care of it and you get Aloe! Fresh! Grown in your own home.
And the Hedgehog variety of Aloe Vera totally does the same thing.
It’s a little smaller than a traditional Aloe Vera, but it still has plenty of Aloe for when you burn your finger grabbing that hot pan.
Let’s learn about the Hedgehog Aloe Vera
Besides the fact that the Hedgehog Aloe Vera gives you Aloe, there are other cool things about it.
It looks really cool. It’s got straight spiky leaves that are a fantastic contrast to fluffy plants like Pothos.
It also puts out “pups” that you can propagate and grow another plant from. Pretty nifty.
The Hedgehog Aloe Vera is a succulent and it grows hot, dry tropical areas so you should already have some clues as to what your Aloe Vera might like for an environment in your own home.
How to Care for a Hedgehog Aloe Vera
Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your new Hoya Heart.
As a succulent, you are going to be way better off if you water your Hedgehog Aloe Vera too little as opposed to too much. You can let the soil dry out completely before watering.
When it is growing (summer), you can go a little heavier on the water, keeping it damp, but never let it get soggy.
Make sure you’re using a pot with drainage and make sure you pour out any extra water that might be in the drip tray.
Hedgehog Aloe Vera is going to want light. Bright, direct light. You can stick this guy right on the windowsill.
It won’t do well in low or medium light. This plant is going to want to be able to see the sun from where it sits, so if you are thinking about getting one, make sure you have a spot that will be suitable for it.
Succulents like well-draining soil so that they are never sitting in water, so you will want to use a Cactus & Succulent mix for your Hedgehog Aloe Vera.
You can feed your Hedgehog Aloe Vera once or twice during it’s growing season (spring/summer) with a general houseplant fertilizer at half strength.
Things to Watch for with Your Hedgehog Aloe Vera
Everyone loves to say succulents are easy, but they are really not easy.
They don’t require you to water them much, so if you’re just lazy about watering, then I guess that makes them easy, but otherwise, there are some things to think about when it comes to the care of your Hedgehog Aloe Vera.
#1. The leaves are turning yellow or brown.
You are probably overwatering. This is the fastest root to a dead plant.
Let it dry out and make sure you are never letting it sit in water in the drip pan.
#2. Droopy leaves.
Droopy leaves usually means that the plant is not getting enough light.
If you can get it closer to a window where the plant can actually see the sun for part of the day, then do that.
Otherwise, you may need to consider a grow light to keep the plant happy.
#3. It’s shriveling.
You forgot to water it.
You might have forgotten that it existed because Aloe Vera is super drought resistant so for it to get to the point that it is shriveling means it has not been watered in a looooong time.
All hope is not lost, however. You can do a “soak-watering”.
Take the plant to the tub (or sink), leave it in the pot, but leave the dish to the side and let the plant sit in a sink (or tub) of water. It will soak up the water.
Leave it there for about 45 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget to take it out of the water.
Now You Know How to Care for a Hedgehog Aloe Vera Plant
I definitely recommend getting one of these if you are looking to expand your plant collection. I adore mine.
I’m almost looking forward to getting a sunburn and using some of the Aloe. Almost.