How to Care for Your Aloe Vera Plant

The Aloe Vera plant is one of the easiest houseplants to take care of. If you’re a busy person with a passion for greenery, then on the list for easy to grow houseplants, the Aloe Vera Plant would be on top. They can be grown indoors and outdoors. Aloe Vera plant is not just an easy plant to take care of that fulfills your passion for greenery, it also has other uses. The leaves of the Aloe Vera have many medicinal uses. The leaves, when broken, release a gel that works wonder for sunburns, cuts and other bug bites. Aloe Vera gel is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. These are the reasons why Aloe Vera plant is available at almost every nursery and herb store.

Instructions

  • 1

    Pot:

    The plant has a high growth rate. Because of this reason, its roots need space to grow. Choose a pot that is wide enough and also has a drainage hole in its bottom. It does have to be deep but has to be wide as the roots grow sideways.

  • 2

    Soil:

    Aloe Vera does not ask for much soil quality. You can use the soil in your yard to grow them if you are sure that the soil is fertile enough. However, the best potting mix is to use cacti succulent mix. You can also add sand to the pot. Fertilize once every year in the springtime, as the plant does not need much fertilizing.

  • 3

    Water:

    It is also very generous when it comes to watering. It is similar to the cactus in its drought resistant features. Water it after 4-5 days. Do not over water else the plant will rot. Let the plant seek water so that the roots grow strong. When you are re potting, wet the soil, but give the roots less water so that they develop into strong ones. Succulent plants do best in dry conditions.

  • 4

    Light:

    If it is indoor, keep the light on a window sill where it gets direct light. They need bright light to grow well. For baby plants, introduce them to the sun gradually, starting with part shade.

  • 5

    Division:

    Aloe Vera plant divides into baby plants and spreads rapidly so you have to section them out and distribute among different pots. This helps both the mama plant and the baby plants to remain healthy. When dividing the section, choose the one which is closer to the root which is often the mature one and will survive well. Divide sections and transfer to another pot filled with soil.

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