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How to Grow, Care & Propagate Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an evergreen plant that is grown as an indoor plant or for business purposes. The plant can be stemless or short-stemmed with thick, succulent, Glossy green leaves that emerge out from the main stem of this plant. Aloe Vera is famous as a medicinal plant and also as an ornamental plant.

 

Botanical name Aloe barbadensis
Plant type Succulent
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe
Species: A. vera

How to care for Aloe Vera:

Light:

Aloe Vera is most-suited in bright indirect sunlight and you will notice your plant growing healthy if you place it in such a place. If you place your Aloe plant in direct sunlight it may cause burning of the skin of your plant and the plant will be dried out soon.

Soil:

Aloe plants can’t tolerate waterlogged places and they are more comfortable in sloped places. For this, you should ensure a proper draining system for your Aloe plant, and for this purpose, you can use cactus planting soil mixed with coarse sand. This mixed soil helps to grow your Aloe plant more healthy.

Water:

Aloe plants can handle drought place well, but it’s better for your Aloe plants to water regularly in such a way that the soil dries out between watering. If you let your plant dry out then you will notice the leaves shrink and curl slightly and this can be solved by watering your Aloe plants. You need not water your plants in the rainy and winter season as in those seasons there is enough humidity in the air. If you live in a cold place then you should use stones or gravel to plant your Aloe plants.

Temperature and Humidity:

Aloe Vera plants are best-suited at 10-35°C and they can also tolerate 5-10°C. But it can’t tolerate frost.

Fertilizer or Feeding:

You need not give much fertilizer or food to your Aloe plants. If you want to feed your plants then you can give fertilizer once each year in the spring season.

Planting of Aloe Vera:

Conditions before planting Aloe Vera:

  • First of all, you have to choose the right container to plant your Aloe plants. You should choose such a pot or container which is porous because it is harmful to Aloe Vera to be waterlogged. So ensure that your plant dries thoroughly between watering.
  • Choose a pot that has the same width and depth. If your Aloe plant has stemmed from the root then select a deep pot and place the stem entirely under the soil.
  • Make your container prepared as there remains a proper draining system and at least one hole at the bottom of the pot to remove water.
  • Don’t create layers of clay balls or gravels on the upper surface of the plant because these can harm the growth of your plant.

How to plant Aloe Vera

  • To prevent the falling of soil into the bottom of the pot you should scrub the surface properly and place the pot in direct sunlight to dry out the container.
  • Prepare your Aloe Vera properly to plant it in the pot. If you think that the stem size of your plant is longer than the pot depth then you should trim the stem in such a way as to leave the most part of the stem without trimming.
  • Then fill the pot with good potting mix soil and ensure a proper draining system. And then plant your Aloe Vera in the pot and then give soil. Fill the pot with soil in such a way that there exists no soil between the upper surface of the soil and the pot rim. You should not water your Aloe Vera after just planting it.
  • Place your Aloe plant in a warm place, but not in direct sunlight and you should not give water to your plant for at least 7 days for the first time after planting it in the pot.

 

Some popular varieties of Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe aculeate: This plant is thistly and spiny and it has saucy leaves and a lemony shade.
  • Aloe brevifolia: This plant is well-known for its short leaves and the leaves are a bluish shade, but turn into golden or rosy color when they are put in direct sunlight.
  • Aloe ciliaris: This variety is famous for its bright orange tubular flowers and is also known as common climbing Aloe.
  • Aloe polyphylla: These plants are much large (18-25 inches) and egg-shaped.

 

Pruning:

To achieve the best growth of your plant you need to care for your plants for which it grows healthy. Sometimes pruning is needed for your plants to remove rotted leaves or brown tips affected leaves. If you notice brown tips in your Aloe plants then you should cut off the affected area of the leaves using a sharp knife. You should not prune your leaves at the center as it can cause rotation of the whole leaf.

Potting and repotting of Aloe Vera:

You should pot your Aloe Vera plant in good quality soil and ensure a proper draining system. Aloe plants spread their roots through the soil surface. So if you want to repot your plant you should choose a wider pot rather than a deeper pot for your Aloe plant.

 

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