Aloe Vera is a gorgeous wonder plant! It can be easily grown indoors as well outdoors. Given the proper plant care, these amazing aloe vera plants can live for many, many years. In this post, we will look into some important care tips, DO’s and Don’ts and some simple tricks for automatic multiplication and propagation of aloe vera plant.
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Aloe Vera Information
Aloe vera is a cactus-like succulent plant. There are hundreds of different types of Aloe vera plants. The most common type is known as the Medicinal Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is a stemless plant that can grow up to 1m in height. It has thick, greenish, fleshy leaves that fan out from the plant’s central stem. The margin of the leaf is serrated with small teeth.
Aloe Vera Plant Benefits
I can go on and on about the Aloe Vera plant benefits, most of them I have tried myself in our home. Aloe vera is a popular medicinal plant that is used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. Its leaves are full of a gel-like substance that contains numerous beneficial compounds. To mention a few
- Antioxidant and antibacterial properties
- Accelerates the healing of burns
- Reduces dental plaque
- Helps treat canker sores
- Reduces constipation
- Improves skin and reduces wrinkles
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Helps to purify air at home
Aloe Vera Plant Care
From my experiences a serial plant killer, aloe vera thrives on neglect (shame on me I know) I have had my plants for 4 years now, they have been in the same pot this whole time. I was sure they would die last summer when I was away from home for three months. They were left in the Mediterranean sun at 35-40°C with no one to water them. To my surprise, they survived…looked slightly brownish but alive! Don’t follow my terrible care instructions though. Treat your aloe well and it will serve you well!
- Aloe needs bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light
- The ideal temperatures for an Aloe Vera to thrive are between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C). This makes it a perfect plant to grow at home.
- The Aloe Vera plant should be watered deeply every 3 weeks in the summer and 6 weeks in the winter or when the soil dries out. Make sure your plant is not sitting in water. Wet soil with cause the roots to rot.
- Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter. Use your finger to test dryness before watering. If the potting mix stays wet, the plants’ roots can begin to rot.
- Use a mixture of good quality soil for succulents (70%) mixed with sand (30%) This will give your plant good drainage
- Fertilize sparingly, ideally once a month during the spring and summer season only. If you intend on harvesting the gel, it is recommended that you use organic fertilizer.
- When it becomes root bound, it is time to repot!
- Use shallow wide containers for your plant as it doesn’t need a deep pot for roots and this will encourage more propagation.
- To split Aloe Vera pups from the mother plant, remove the parent plant from its container and brush away soil and rock from the base and root system. Locate the healthy pup with a few roots and carefully pull it away from the parent plant.
Growing Aloe Vera from Seeds
Aloe Vera produces flowering once in a while, our mother plant flowers once a year. The plant, however, needs to have reached a mature stage in order to produce reliable seeds. This generally means four years or more. When it does flower, harvest the seeds. For more direction on how to Grow Aloe Vera from Seeds, read here.
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