Aloe Vera Plants and their Benefits
Aloe Vera Plants are short stemmed, semitropical, succulent plants. Most of their more than 200 Aloe species are native to Africa and the Mediterranean. Aloe Vera (the true Aloe), otherwise known as Aloe Barbadensis Miller, has been used for it’s medicinal properties since biblical times to treat cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and insect bites. It has also been found to provide relief for many other maladies.
An Aloe Vera house plant is also very effective in removing formaldehyde from the air.
Aloe Vera plants grow outdoors in the bright sunlight of the Mediterranean. Your plant should be placed in a location where it will receive direct sunlight. Bright orange flowers in the fall will be your reward if your Aloe Vera plant receives enough sunlight.
The Aloe Vera plant grows in the warmer temperatures of the Mediterranean. It will grow in normal house temperatures, but should never be allowed to freeze.
Aloe Vera plants require a well drained potting mix with extra coarse sand or perlite added. You could also use a cacti mix that meets the requirements of a succulent plant. The soil needs to drain quickly when watered.
Aloe Vera plant picture Humidity
Aloe Vera plants grow naturally in dry climates. They prefer low humidity.
Aloe Vera houseplants are a drought tolerant plant. They should be watered thoroughly, but then the soil allowed to dry out before it’s next watering. Very little water is needed during it’s winter dormant period as much water is stored in the leaves. If the Aloe Vera is grown in a shallow pot, the soil will dry out faster and you will be less likely to over water the plant.
Fertilize yearly in the spring with a liquid bloom fertilizer (10-40-10) diluted to half strength.
Aloe Vera plants can be grown from seed, however the most common method of propagation is by planting the offshoots that grow around the “mother” plant. By the time the offshoots have reached 3 to 4 inches in height, they will have grown their own roots. At this time they can be carefully removed from the original plant and transplanted into their own shallow pots.
Decoration and Placement Tips
Aloe Vera plants grow best in sunlight so should be placed where they will receive as much sunlight as possible during the day. If you provide them with a sunny enough location, you will be rewarded with decorative orange flowers in the fall. The plants can be moved outdoors in the summer after all chance of frost has passed.
Aloe Vera plants can grow to 3 feet or more in height and width. When placing them you must take this into consideration so you are able to provide the room they need as they quickly grow.
Add texture to your room with the distinctive grey green color and bold pointed leaves of an Aloe Vera Plant.