I purchased two of these aloe vera plants a couple of months ago. One of these are in my kitchen and one is on my front porch. I have used the gel from the plants on cuts and burns as well as on mosquito bites and bee stings. These are healthy and are flourishing. As long as you don't over water them they will continue to grow and thrive. Only water when the soil is dry (not baked) to an inch below the surface and you should be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come.