Are you a proud caretaker of an Aloe vera plant? Or soon to be one? Well, you’re in for a treat. The Aloe vera is a fantastic air purifier. And more so, the gel from its leaves can be equally beneficial for you!
The Aloe vera thrives well in a hot and dry climate. It requires water only when the top of the soil runs dry. Its ideal temperature ranges between 55°F to 80°F (13°C to 26°C). It can be easily propagated without the need for too much fertilizer.
The Aloe vera is a trendy choice for outdoors and indoors alike. It comes in many sizes, so you can even grow a small one in a tiny container. When placed outdoors, your Aloe vera can even bloom beautiful flowers! Just like these!
Here are some details about this very useful succulent:
In a nutshell, your Aloe vera will need the following:
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The Aloe vera requires soil that drains out very quickly. The ideal mix is that of sand and gravel.
A soil mixture that uses sand and gravel will help keep the Aloe vera healthy and full of nutrients. Feel free to add more sand if your Aloe vera is in a container. Since the sand is dry, it will help resist too much moisture.
If you live in a very wet climate, you may have to drain the soil then and now. It’s ideal to use a cactus potting mix. I would recommend that you use this potting soil for Aloe vera.
Your Aloe vera can benefit from all types of light, even artificial!
The Aloe vera can be placed both indoors and outdoors. For indoors, partial and indirect sunlight is enough. For outdoors, a balance.
|Outdoor Sunlight Requirement||Indoor Sunlight Requirement|
|Your outdoor Aloe vera would require 2-3 hours of morning sunshine.||You can place your aloe at the windowsill.|
|Light shade is recommended. Too much direct sunlight can be harmful.||You can put it in a shady indoor place too. This won’t give you any flowers, though!|
The condition in which your Aloe vera would need protection
When it gets too hot, you should consider moving your Aloe vera. Remember that direct sunshine can make your Aloe vera unhealthy and sunburnt.
The Aloe vera holds a lot of water, making it easier to survive in low humidity!
During winter, remember to bring your Aloe vera indoors. Do this if the temperature drops below 50°F. Your Aloe vera can freeze since it is so good at staying moist.
Deep but infrequent watering is the key to a happy and healthy Aloe vera!
Your Aloe vera plant doesn’t need water too often. The top 1 to 2 inches of soil should be dry before you water it again. Also, the amount of water you give to your Aloe vera depends upon the season and weather conditions.
For Spring and Summer
For Autumn and Winter
Aloe vera retains its water during the winter. If you water it a lot, it will die because of too much moisture.
Signs you’re overwatering your plant:
Signs you’re underwatering:
Take care of the tiny Aloe vera plants and pups!
Younger aloe plants and pups might need more water. When you propagate them, the soil should be misted. Or else the soil will be too dry for the pups to start making roots.
The only time you should be fertilizing your aloe is during the growing season!
You can set a fertilizing schedule for your Aloe vera. Typically, once a month is enough. Fertilizing the soil may be required in case there is a lot of sand. This is because sand has little organic material. Fertilizer can help keep the moisture and organic activity going on for faster and healthier growth.
If your Aloe vera is in a pot, water it thoroughly before feeding. Fertilizers designed specifically for succulents will work the best.
Never give too much fertilizer to the Aloe vera.
The Aloe vera is good at keeping its nutrients. All you need to do is take care of the water. A good drenching now and then will eliminate the risk of root damage due to excessive fertilizer.
Pruning the Aloe vera helps you make use of its wonderful gel. It also helps in keeping your plant proper and healthy!
An Aloe vera needs trimming when the leaves change color. The spike growing on the leaves’ edges may also need to be cut. At most, you would need a spade, scissors, and a pruning knife.
Here’s what you need to trim for a healthier and happier Aloe vera!
You can also cut off healthy leaves for Aloe vera gel. Make a slice in the middle of the plump leaves, and there you have it!
Did you know you can use the aloe gel in many ways after pruning? You can read on the amazing benefits of Aloe vera here on NCBI.
You should repot the Aloe vera plant when it has become rootbound or is making too many pups!
The drainage hole needs to be covered. Before repotting it, make sure all the pups are removed. If your aloe is rootbound, then cut the roots using a knife.
You don’t have to repot your Aloe vera again and again. Only do so when the roots begin to outgrow the plant.
Things to look out for when repotting!
Make sure your new pot is thoroughly clean. Do not water immediately after repotting. Why? Because the plant was already carrying some moisture from its earlier pot. More water can lead to the plant rotting.
To make the most out of your Aloe vera, here are a few other things you should know!
You can easily propagate the Aloe vera using its pups!
Look at your Aloe vera. You may see tiny babies surrounding the main aloe plant. Just make sure that your Aloe vera pup is between 2-3 inches tall before it can be removed. It would help if you were very careful while removing them.
Here are a few basic steps to follow for better propagation of your Aloe vera.
Removing Aloe vera Pups:
Your pup will start growing in a couple of weeks! If you don’t want to use your hand, you can use shears, scissors, or a sharp knife instead. The shears can be used to separate the aloe pup from the roots of the parent plant.
Your Aloe vera is an air purifier, but it is highly toxic if you consume it orally!
You need to keep your Aloe vera out of reach of animals and children. The Aloe vera contains polysaccharides and phenolic chemicals. But what does this mean actually? Eating Aloe vera can result in a variety of conditions. These can range from allergies to diseases.
Your Aloe vera can suffer from improper care and pest attacks alike.
An Aloe vera can turn brown or wilt due to many reasons. This happens due to improper sunlight and imbalanced water.
The root of your Aloe vera can rot if you choose the wrong soil mix. To tackle this issue, you will need to take out your Aloe vera. Never place a dish beneath your aloe plant pot. Drainage will not be as good as it should be and will keep the soil inside the pot moist.
Barely Getting Any Light
Your Aloe vera will begin to die if there is not enough light. Remember never to place an aloe near glass surfaces. When you start to see the leaves bending, shift your Aloe vera to a brighter place. When it gets colder, you will have to move it to a much brighter spot. Also, make sure to rotate your Aloe vera pot a bit, so it gets light evenly.
Your Aloe vera will start turning brown in the case of sunburns. Never put your Aloe vera plant against the glass. A heated-up glass can easily scorch and wither your Aloe vera.
Diseases Caused by Pests
All the above problems give an open invitation to pests! If you see brown spots, it’s a warning sign of pests. Remove any healthy pups as soon as you can. And to prevent pest attacks in the future, keep a good check on water balance.
The Aloe vera needs well-drained soil and medium intensity light. Direct sunshine can cause harm to Aloe veras that grow indoors. Water should be half of the frequency in summer. They are at their best when exposed to temperatures between 55°F to 80°F (13°C to 26°C). Fertilizers should only be used as per schedule during growth season.
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My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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June 20, 2021