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Aloe Vera Plant CareAloe Vera Plant Care
Native to northern Africa, Aloe Vera is a succulent plant which is short-stemmed and grows about 80 to 100 cm tall. It has become a very popular houseplant because it is quite easy to grow and produces a gel that has many uses from skin care to digestion. It also grows in select dry, warm outdoor climates. Whether you have a green thumb or you’re a newbie, Aloe Vera plant care is easy and rewarding.
How do you get started? Here are the basic things you need for how to grow aloe vera ?
Aloe is native to sunny areas, so by far one of the biggest factors in how fast your plant grows is its access to sunlight. But you also need to take care not to expose the plant to too much light. The leaves can be damaged if the light is too harsh. The leaves may indicate sunburn if dark brown or orange spots appear on them. The whole leaf might turn orange in color so it is advised that you should keep the plant in a shaded area where it can receive indirect sunlight. Particularly if you are planting indoors, you should ensure that it has access to a bright light, especially in the winter season. Direct sunlight should be avoided if kept on the windowsill.
The wagering requirement of Aloe Vera is very little as compared to other plants as it has fleshy leaves through which it can store nearly 95% of the water. Because of its succulent property, under watering the plant will not cause any damage. However, overwatering can lead to rotting due to which it should only be watered when the soil is dry. It has to be scarcely watered in winter and during summer; it should be done once or twice a month. If you are unsure of its watering needs, then plant it in pots which have drainage holes because this can lead to the drainage of the excess water and thus prevent rotting.
The Proper Amount of Sunlight is Essential for Proper Aloe Vera Care
Soil and Fertilizer:
Well-drained soil should be used for Aloe Vera plantation. It is suggested that you use a potting mix which has perlite, pumice, and sand in it. You can also find commercial potting mixes in the market. For facilitating drainage, there are also pre-packaged ‘succulent and cacti mix’ which can be used. You can also make use of diluted plant foods once each year. Worm castings or an organic kelp fertilizer is also beneficial for aloe Vera care.
Many shots will be produced by a healthy growing Aloe Vera plant as it is very fast growing. You have to begin repotting if the pot is filled with roots and thus the plant has outgrown it. New shoots should not be allowed to grow more than 3 to 4 inches because they extract energy from the mother plant. You should use terracotta pots as they facilitate water drainage because they are porous. At the time of repotting, the plant should be watered and then avoided for the upcoming three weeks. During the initial stage of repotting, these plants change color and turn into brown and gray.
Bright light should be provided if the leaves are growing flat. You should stop using fertilizers and change the potting mixture if the growth rate of the plant is slow. Leaves closest to the ground should be harvested. Frost or snow cannot be tolerated by the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera plant care is very easy for you. Just keep the above-mentioned factors in mind and you will be able to enjoy its benefits.