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how do you plant aloe vera?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Aloe Vera plants are native to Africa and the Mediterranean region. There are around 250 species of Aloe Vera. They are perennial that belong in the Lily family and prefer dry environment. Each plant leaf is filled with a viscous gel, that is used for its soothing and healing properties. Many kitchens keep a potted plant on the window sill or counter top to treat cooking burns. Aloe gel can be made into juice for indigestion treatment and repairing the damaged digestive system. Aloe gel is also an important ingredient in skin lotions used for improving skin conditions, it is included in many other beauty and medical products, as well. Aloe Vera plants are low maintenance and very easy to grow. Plants will produce white or yellow flowers, up to 1" diameter (depending on plant size) under optimum growing conditions. They are also generally free of pests and diseases. Plant Aloe Vera for visual use, wound healing and health management.

    1. Aloe Vera plant can be grown from seed, propagated from new shoots, or established small plant. Seed and small plant are sold in garden centers and online garden supply sites. When buying small plant, choose one having thick leaves with no brown parts on the plant, and looking robust overall.

    2. If growing from seeds, make sure there are holes at the bottom of the planting pot to aid drainage. Fill pot with well-drained quality sandy potting soil with some fertilizer. Top the soil with granite grit, perlite, or coarse sand. Cacti pot mixes are also good choices. Follow instructions on the seed packet on planting in soil.

    3. Aloe Vera can be grown indoors or outdoors in the pot. However, leaves will turn yellow in hot sunlight or in dry environment, so better to place it in partially shaded area. Aloe Vera planted indoors tend to grow slower than ones that are outdoors. Let soil dry out before watering. Aloe plant is succulent, so it doesn't require large quantity of water. Water the plant less frequent in high humid weather and during wet seasons (e.g. in winter), once or twice a month will do. Fertilize once a year in Spring is sufficient, but not needed.

    Here are some signs of poor plant growth:

    • Extremely slow growth: Could be either or more of the following cause(s) -- Soil is too damp for too long / insufficient light / excessive use of fertilizer / high alkaline level in soil.

    • Leaves are curled and thin: Not enough water.

    • Droopy, limp or overly-flat leaves: This is usually due insufficient light. Move the plant to where sunlight is abundant.

    • Leaves are yellow and brown: Sunlight is burning the plant. Relocate plant to indirect sunlight area.

    4. Aloe Vera will freeze to death. Remember to bring the plant indoors to protect it during cold weather.

    5. Mature plant will sprout new shoots that will grow leaves. You can cut the new shoots when they are 3" to 4" long, and replant them directly in soil, see Step 1. Or, leave the shoots on the parent plant and let grow as is.

    6. Harvest leaves as often as needed from grown plant. Cut the leaves nearest to the soil as they are the most potent and mature. The leaves wound are sealed and healed quickly, but they will not grow back. New leaves will grow on developing shoots and replace cut leaves. You will have unlimited supply of plant leaves and Aloe gel from a healthy plant.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dig a hole in a sunny part of your property, stick the plant in and fill in the gaps. Make sure it has a lot of room, as the runners will really crowd out other plants. These runners (once they form a new plant) can be cut off and planted elsewhere.

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