When you grow Aloe Vera, it’s like growing your own free supply of magical healing ointment!
Aloe Vera is one of the most unique and useful houseplants you can grow.
The long, prickly “leaves” of the aloe plant are filled with a sticky gel. A gel that has been coveted for centuries for it’s healing powers.
Long known for having both antibacterial and antiviral properties, Aloe plants are a medical wonder.
They help sooth anything from sunburn, minor cuts and abrasions, to helping heal dry skin and burns.
And perhaps best of all, as you’ll see below, its quite simple to grow Aloe Vera. It makes a great addition as a year-round house plant!
How To Grow Aloe Vera
Like a cactus, Aloe Vera is a member of the succulent family. And just like cacti, they prefer warm temperatures. For more great houseplants, see : How To Grow A Christmas Cactus
For best growth, Aloe plants need to be kept between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Plants should be placed in a southern facing window to receive plenty of bright, indirect light. If not available, a western facing window is a good second choice.
When it comes to growing Aloe Vera, too much water is more of an issue than not enough.
In general, plants should be watered about once every 21 days. Soak plants thoroughly when watering.
Be careful to remove any excess water that drains to the bottom tray or saucer after watering.
The roots of an Aloe Vera plant rot easily if they sit in too moisture for too long.
When it comes to Aloe plants, a little fertilizer goes a long way. Apply a light mix of standard houseplant fertilizer every other month for healthy growth. See : Succulent Fertilizer Mix
How To Grow Aloe Vera – Plant Re-Production
Although it is possible to root new Aloe Vera plants from cuttings, it is extremely difficult. Cuttings tend to fail more often than not.
You can, however, successfully create new starts and plants by division.
Aloe Vera plants grow small side growth from the main plant that are called aloe pups.
These pups are essentially the small offspring or “children” of the parent plant.
Although part of the plant, they can be separated from the parent plant and re-rooted for new plants. And it is quite easy to do!
How To Plant Aloe Offshoots
When new growth appears at the base of mature plants, remove the plant from the soil to expose the root base.
Be sure that the new growth has matured enough to be about 1/4 of the size of the parent plant.
Start by using a sharp knife to slice the pup off from the main plant. A sharp knife ensures a clean cut. This aids the plant in quick healing and re-rooting.
Next, replant in a coarse potting soil mix that allows for plenty of drainage. Do not water the plant at all for the first 7 to 10 days.
This allows time for the newly sliced roots to heal in the new soil mix. Watering at the time of planting can easily cause the new offshoots to rot before rooting.
After the 7 to 10 day period is up, water as you would your regular Aloe Vera plants.
Re-planting pups is a great way to share with friends, or add to your own collection of Aloe Vera plants!
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