How to care for: Aloe Vera
Originally the Aloe Vera comes from the Middle East, but nowadays it can also be found in the nature of the Caribbean, Central America and Asian countries. This is a good thing, because the juice of the plant is quite special. The plant can grow up to a maximum of 60 cm. A small and compact plant! The Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, which makes him an easy indoor plant. This succulent stores water in its stem and leaves for later use. This means that it needs little water. Remarkable, because the Aloe Vera consists of 99% water!
Water once a month
How do you take care of an Aloe Vera?
An Aloe Vera is not such a troublesome houseplant. Whether you put her in half shade or in bright light. She doesn’t care! She can tolerate direct light very well, and a little less light as well. Although she will grow faster and use more water if you place her in a lighter spot. Do you position her in half shade? That’s fine!
In nature Aloe Vera plants often live in the shade of larger plants. The opposite also occurs in nature. On large empty plains in Central America she grows in the middle of the sun in desert-like areas. Whatever you choose at home: a habitat with bright light or half shade. The Aloe Vera is really used to something in nature!
During the summer the Aloe Vera needs a sip of water once a month. In case of a heat wave she might need an extra sip. But only when her soil is really parched! The Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, and therefore familiar with storing water. Therefore she doesn't like too much water. When the Aloe Vera is positioned in the semi-shade, the chance of root rot is bigger. The plant uses less water when in the shade and it can be difficult to estimate how much water it needs. It is best to give the Aloe Vera less water rather than too much. Especially in winter you can forget the Aloe Vera for months.
Aloe Vera like to grow in a nutrient-poor soil. As an indoor plant it does not really need any extra plant nutrition. Do you want to promote growth? Then you can add some extra plant nutrition during the spring and summer. Choose plant nutrition for cacti and use 1/4 of the recommended amount.
To keep the Aloe Vera and its roots healthy we recommend repotting the plant every two years. Choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one.
Aloe Vera is, however, an air purifier, clearing the air of formaldehyde and benzene, which are products found in chemical cleaners. Purer air indoors will help in better breathing and sleeping.
Is an Aloe Vera toxic?
Aloe Vera is safe to be used on human skin, though it can cause irritation for some people. The leaves should not be ingested by people or pets, which can result in mild poisoning, where you or your pet may feel stomach distress, diarrhea, lethargy, or in extreme cases, have kidney failure. In case of symptoms, you should rush to the emergency.
Diseases and peculiarities
This rapidly growing plant has a watery type of gel with powerful polyphenol compounds plumped inside each of these leaves. This gel can be used to treat various health-related issues like relieving pain from sunburns and scrapes.
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Frequently asked questions about the Aloe Vera
What can you do with an Aloe Vera plant?
- Use for decoration
- Use the juice of the Aloe Vera to relieve pain from wounds and scrapes
- Use the Aloe Vera juice in hair and make-up products
- Using the Aloe Vera juice as mask or care product in case of skin diseases such as psoriasis
Can you apply Aloe Vera juice on your face?
Yes, it is possible. Just make sure not to use the Aloe Vera juice around the eyes.
How can I save my Aloe Vera?
An Aloe Vera is a succulent and therefore needs little water. Too much water can cause root rot. In most cases, adjusting the watering will be sufficient.