I recently talked about the benefits of drinking aloe vera. Today, I’ve got some great news for you aloe vera plant fans. If you’re one of the many trying to keep up with the trendsetters, then you will appreciate this post. I’m going to teach you how to grow aloe vera. I know, it sounds difficult but it’s not really all that tough.
Aloe vera is super popular these days. In fact, over the last year, I think it’s literally skyrocketed in popularity. So many people wish they had a green enough thumb to be able to successfully handle the maintenance this plant desires. News flash people, it’s not that difficult! The plant has become somewhat of a staple in many households and it not only due to its health and nutrients but also to the simplicity and easy care.
Imagine yourself living in the harshest conditions possible. Dry with no water, a lot of heat, and all that jazz. It wouldn’t be too pleasant, would it? I’m sure you’d have a really hard time living in that harsh environment. Not aloe vera! The aloe vera plant can live in pretty much any condition. The plant requires far less care than you’d imagine too. The plant can grow well both indoor and outdoor with the littlest bit of care in the world. Heck, you can neglect the plant and it will still survive.
This plant does have a scientific name. It’s known as aloe barbadensis miller and it is definitely the perfect plant for anyone just getting started in gardening as a hobbyist.
Today I’m going to share everything you need to know in order to successfully grow aloe vera. You’ll know how to grow it, where to plant it, soil type and potting it, and most importantly, how to look after your aloe vera plant.
Before I get started on sharing the necessities when it comes to planting and growing aloe, I want to share a fun fact with you. This plant is one of the few that are known for being able to quickly multiply, even as a baby. The good news is that you can one quickly accumulate many young aloe plants because of the speedy growth and reproduction process.
As a result, you will have plenty of aloe to use for healing your wounds and even making your skin look better. After all, aloe is one of the most popular ingredients today when it comes to good skin care treatment. You’ll never run out of aloe if you do what’s necessary and grow your own.
Tips On How To Grow Aloe At Home
Once you decide to take the leap and actually begin to grow aloe in your house, then there are a few things that you need to do. These things are essential and truly are important. You must remember how important both plant location and the soil are to successfully growing aloe. I can’t stress how imperative it is that you feed your plant lots of light. Just make sure it’s not too much because that can actually burn the plant. You should be shooting for the perfect amount of light which will help the plant grow and not burn.
Another thing to consider is the temperature of the environment. During the winter months, aloe will easily freeze if overexposed to cold climates. Forget the hassle of planting outdoors. Instead, plant your aloe in a pot that can easily be moved around for optimum placement. If you plan on growing aloe indoors, you must feed the plant plenty of indirect light from the sun. If you have any windows that face south or west, that would be a great place for the pot of soil.
Let’s talk soil now. You’ve got a location all picked out and now you need to fill the pot with soil. Not just any soil, it needs to be right for aloe vera living conditions. You need to use dry soil. The best dry soil to use is simple cactus soil. Soil for potting a cactus is perfect because it too likes dry conditions. In the event that you cannot get your hands on cactus potting soil, you can use some standard potting soil. All you need to do is add some perlite to the soil and you’re good to go.
Be sure to use a planter that of medium or large size. It also needs to drain well. Pick up a pot planter that has one single hole in the bottom. You need the water to drain well, because if it doesn’t you will not be able to grow aloe vera. Any standing water and you can consider your planting days over. Most people actually feed their aloe plants too much water. They soak the planter and as a result, no aloe plant. Water the plant every couple of days and you should be good to go. Feel the aloe plant leaves and if they feel too dry then adjust the lighting before giving it more water. Also, you should bever water your aloe plant unless the soil is 100% dry.
You need to position your aloe plant upright, and both the base and roots must be completely covered with soil. If you plan on planting multiple plants in the same planter, then you must plant them a few inches between each other. Aloe vera plants grow out from the center of the plant.
At some point in time, hopefully, your plant will reach a level of maturity. Once it does, you will be able to harvest more aloe vera. You should not try and harvest any aloe until you there are multiple leaves on the mature plant. If interested in harvesting, you must start by harvesting the outermost leaves of the aloe vera plant. Remove them by carefully cutting them very close to the base of the plant. You must be careful because you don’t want to hurt or damage the roots.
Additional Planting Facts And Tips
Here are some other facts about aloe vera that you should know if you plan on growing this plant. These facts will help you better care for your aloe vera plant in general. The first thing you need to know is that aloe doesn’t need to be fertilized. If your aloe plant looks very thin and begins to curl, then it might need more water. In the event that the leaves of your plant are flat then you need to provide it with more sunlight. If your plant seems to grow too much towards the sun, then you need to rotate the plant to balance out the growth pattern so it stands upright.
If your plant seems to grow too slow, you may want to try adding some soil sulfur to the existing soil. If your plant is too damp or wet, you can remove the water from the plant. If the aloe vera plant needs more sunlight, simply move it to another location in your house. If you run into a problem where the pot has too much soil, simply replant the aloe vera plant in another pot.
You know how to grow aloe vera the right way. It’s a cheap, cost effective way to keep your skin looking healthy and fresh. Before you think about applying any aloe vera to your skin, be sure you confirm that you are not allergic to the plant.