Aloe Vera is one of the plants whose qualities we no longer need to talk about. Studies have shown that the Aloe Vera leaf contains active principles, from enzymes, amino acids, sugar, vitamins and minerals, beneficial to health. Aloe Vera is considered the witch-doctor plant due to its curative properties, and you can easily grow it in pots, at home.
But, first, you must know the optimal growing conditions for this curative and decorative plant.
Aloe Vera can reach about 1 meter height and needs a bright area with direct sunlight, away from airflow. Aloe Vera doesn’t cope with low temperatures, so during winter you have to place it in a warm room. It dies if the temperature is below 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ideal soil for Aloe Vera is a light one, the earth must be mixed with charcoal and crushed brick. For drainage, put a layer of pebbles or crushed walnut shells at the bottom of the pot. A thin layer of wood chips is placed above. Aloe really grows and develops after 1-2 years from planting, when the roots of the plant will grow to the bottom of the pot. Transplanting into a larger pot and / or changing the soil is recommended every three years. The young plants are moved into larger pots and the soil is changed every spring. On the other hand, for older aloe plants, the soil is changed every 3-4 years.
Aloe Vera should be watered frequently, taking care not to pour too much water because excess water leads to fast root rotting. During winter, aloe vera is kept to a temperature of 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while in summer you can keep it outdoors, because the plant loves the hot summer days.
All Aloe species are semi-tropical plants that can grow only in warm climatic conditions where the temperatures are not very low, but you should keep in mind that they are excellent apartment plants and very resistant if they growing conditions are accomplished.
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