This is going to vary with the climate and the size/age of the plant. Younger and smaller plants will need a more frequent waterings and protection from over-exposure to the sun when compared to large and well-established aloes.
If the plant is yellowish in tone or if the spikes are shriveling or self-terminating (the ends dry up), those are signs that the plant needs more water and possibly more light, but you'll have to experiment to see just what works best for that plant.
In their dormant phases, you might only water an aloe once per month.
We live in Andalucia. It's 40 deg. centegrade during the day. We have about fourty pots of Aloes. They are bursting out of the pot. There is virtually no soil in the pots. Just plant. They get brown at the tips and I chuck a bucket of water over them about once a fourtnight. They green up instantly because as you know they are succulents and full of water. August is like a hot winter here. Everything tries to sleep through the heat including me. Come the September rains, they'll green up and throw orange or yellow flowers on tall spikes. Its true that you have to look after the little ones, unless they're bursting out of the sides of big ones.
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