Aloe Vera Plant Care

Aloe Vera grows in temperate climates where temperatures do not drop below 32°F for a long time and can be recognized by the lance shaped, fleshy leaves which grow directly from the ground.
For therapeutic purposes, both the sap and the Aloe Vera gel are used but an essential condition must be fulfilled, namely that the leaves are only collected when the plant is 2-3 years old. When the leaf is cut, the sap leaks. The gel comes from the leaf core which is rich in mucilage.
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Aloe Vera is considered a kind of universal cure, which can be grown at home in pots. Find out what are the main conditions Aloe Vera needs to grow at full capacity. Beyond its benefits, Aloe is a very beautiful houseplant ideal for decorating the house.
Aloe can reach about one meter in height and needs a bright spot with direct sunlight, away from airflow. Aloe Vera does not cope with negative temperatures, so in winter it can only stay in heated places. The minimum temperature at which it resists is 41-46.5 °F.
The ideal soil for Aloe Vera is an aerated one and it must be mixed with charcoal and finely crushed brick. For drainage, put a layer of pebbles or crushed walnut shells at the bottom of the pot. Also a thin layer of wood chips is placed above. Aloe starts the actual growth only a 1-2 after planting it, when the roots of the plant will reach the bottom of the pot. Aloe Vera should be watered frequently, taking care not to pour too much water because the excess of water leads to rapid rotting of the root. In winter, the Aloe Vera plant is kept at 53-57 °F in bright places and in summer the plant needs a lot of warmth, sunshine and moderate humidity. Potted Aloe Vera can be kept outdoors in the yard, on the veranda or in the garden because the summer days are ideal for this plant. Sometimes mature specimens can flourish and make multiple flowers (like gladioli) with a red-coral color.
All the Aloe species are semi-tropical plants that can grow only in climatic conditions where there is no danger of temperatures below 32 degrees, but they are also excellent apartment plants, even very resistant if minimal conditions are met, essential being the light.

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