Aloe vera is sometimes addressed as a ‘living pharmacy’. It is also known as the ‘plant of immortality. Throughout history, aloe vera has been used to heal the sick and rejuvenate the elderly.
Cleopatra is said to have used aloe in her daily skincare routine. It is still used in the health and beauty industries today, and it makes an excellent architectural plant for any windowsill.
Though it has small spines on the edges of the leaves, it’s not a cactus, but rather a succulent.
Aloe vera plant – utilities
The aloe vera plant acts as an air purifier. Aloe vera can help relieve ear, nose, and throat irritation by lowering formaldehyde levels in the air, which are emitted by common household detergent and soap products.
The gel sap from aloe vera leaves is used to soothe sunburned skin or as a natural skin moisturizer.
Aloe vera gel contains auxin and gibberellins, which are anti-inflammatory plant hormones that can aid in the reduction of scars, stretch marks, acne, and aging signs.
How to position the Aloe vera plant?
Aloe vera plants can be positioned in direct sunlight or bright indirect light and in temperatures of 70–80°F (20–25°C), though not dropping below 50°F (10°C).
Care for Aloe vera plants
It is advised to water every 3 weeks in spring and summer to keep leaves plump, letting the soil dry out in between. In winter, once a month may be fine.
Potting of Aloe vera | Managing offsets
- Use a well-drained compost with plenty of grit.
- Repot when the plant is too crowded with suckers or remove them to re-pot and give away. [Suckers are vigorous vertical growth coming from the roots or lower main stem of a plant.]
- The foliage of aloe vera sits on top of the growing medium and produces a lot of babies called offsets.
- As you spot baby plants at the base of the main plant, and once they reach 3 inches (7 cm) tall, pull or cut each baby plant away from the mother plant, with its roots, and pot them up individually in free-draining compost.
- If you repot your aloe, make sure that you plant it at the same level it was originally. As the leaves naturally sit on top of the soil line, if they’re planted too deeply, they may rot.
- These plants are easy to grow as long as they have bright light and are not overwatered.
sunlight & water requirements for Aloe vera
|Sunlight for Aloe vera||Aloe vera plants can be positioned in direct sunlight or bright indirect light and in temperatures of 70–80°F (20–25°C), though not dropping below 50°F (10°C).|
|Water for Aloe vera||It is advised to water Aloe vera plants every 3 weeks in spring and summer to keep leaves plump, letting the soil dry out in between. In winter, once a month may be fine.|
These plants are easy to grow as long as they have bright light and are not overwatered.
This plant can reach heights of 24 in (60 cm). It spreads by suckering, but this can be limited by restricting the size of the container.
And if it has enough light in your home, they may send up a flower stalk of yellow tubular-shaped flowers.
BE AWARE: It is said to be mildly harmful if eaten, so keep me away from young children and pets. (ref. #1 given below)
- “My house plant changed my life” – book by David Domoney, DK
- “House Plant Party” – by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf