You can grow aloe vera at home and provide a nice tropical flair to your garden or even desktop. It can even be a pretty easy succulent. Keep all of your potted friends satisfied with these tips we suggest. Everything about growing aloe vera indoors. Let’s see then how to grow aloe vera at home.
Here are some good news for everyone : not only the aloe plant has won many home gardeners for of course its hardiness; but also its tolerance of awful forgetful waterers. It is simple. To keep this plant happy, make sure to plant it in a solid terra cotta pot with a well-drained dirt. Here you can mix in the same quantity sand and some potting soil. Succulent mix are available for purchase as well. We prefer the terra cotta because it dries faster than any other plastic or even glazed containers.
Take your aloe plant away if the overall weight causes tipping. Do not avoid giving it more spaces. This beautiful plant thrives in small and difficult conditions.
Take your aloe vera pot to a bright and sunny spot. If you do the opposite it will go inactive and will stop growing. Go for watering the plant heavily every two weeks. Wait for the soil to dry out completely. This plant is from a desert species family. If you forget the dirt moist, the roots are going to rot. Limp or leaves in brown color means that you overdid the watering.
In summer you can take your pot outdoor. Make sure not to put it direct to sunlight. Avoid overexposure by switching it slowly every week to a brighter position.
Here is what you’ll need:
Some Aloe plants : You can choose three (3) mature plants from MountainCrestGardens.
A Special soil : here is a list of the 8 best succulent soils and their review
Pots as suggested above : here are some pots from Goodman & Wife round TerraCotta Garden Planters with individual trays
If you have the chance to live in a specific warm climate all year-round, you can even nurture your aloe vera plant outside. Be careful of freezing temperatures as they can kill the leaves. Frozen soil can as well kill all roots and prevent new sprouts from growing.
While choosing your spot, search for a well-drained bed. You won’t need then to water your pot outside periods of droughts. If you notice absence of raining for a couple of months, treat it well with enough soaking and wait for the soil to dry out again.
As extras, your aloe plant will produce a significant stalk of small and very-well shaped like a bell flowers sometimes. When the blooms fade, you can cut the stem off from the base.
Better than that, all aloe plants can produce new and small-sized plants. It is a perfect set-up for propagation. If you see one of these new ones clean the dirt around and take the roots out so you replant everything in a separate pot.
If you want to offer some aloe vera leaves to a friend, you can first start with yours. Cut off some leaves and trim to 3 inches from the leaf top tip. After that, put the ends down inside a container full of potting mix. While not all of them will take, some of them will sprout tiny leaves at the base of the container. Wait enough so the new plant can grow few inches then repot again.
In addition to a very nice decoration, the aloe leaves have a clear gel very popular as a home remedy. According to different studies, this natural substance may shorten different healings of burns as well as promote wound healing process. The aloe gel can also be applied to the skin for reducing acne.
With all these properties in mind, you can cut off aloe vera leaves (as close as you can to stem) when you need to rub the edge on a casual sunburn or a sore spot.
Many people likeu sing as well the aloe vera juice as a perfect hair conditioner. It works as well as a makeup remover, and a brow gel. There is no guarantee these processes will replace the aloe vera gel based products. As long as the plant stays in a healthy condition, it will keep making gels and you can get it out anytime for different uses.
How to take care of an aloe vera plant ?
- Place your pot in a bright, not directly to sunlight and it can be an artificial light. Western or even close to a south oriented window. Aloe plants which grows in low light tend to grow leggy.
- The plant is suitable for temperatures usually between 55 and 80°F (from 13 to 27 °C). Most of homes and also apartments have these temperatures. Bring the plant outdoors approximately from May to September. Do not forget to bring it back in the evenings if some nights get cold.
- Give it some water in a deep level but not often. Give time to the soil to dry for at least 1 or even 2 inches between every waterings. Avoid letting your plan soak in water.
- Every three weeks add some water and a little less quantities in winter. Dip your finger so you feel dryness before every watering operation. If your potting mix is wet for a couple days, it might mean that the roots started to rot.
- You can add some fertilizers with moderation (at top once a month) for summer and spring seasons. Make sure that the houseplant formula has half strength and not a full one.
- Do repotting when there is no enough space left; Follow all instructions above to watch for the plant health.
How to remove and replant the aloe vera new leaves
Mature plants produce some offsets or what we call “plantlets”. They are also called “pups” or “babies”. These parts can be removed so they can produce an entire new plant (a clone or continuity of the mother plant).
- Find were all offsets are coming from and separate them using a simple sharp knife or a pair of scissors. Try leaving about an inch of stem on the plantlet.
- Wait for the offsets to stay out of soil for a couple of days. This way they will form a callous around the cut and it will help protecting the root from rot. Keep all plantlets in a warm spot and indirect to light.
- When the callouses are formed, put the offsets in a standard potting mix with of course the soil well-drained.
- After that, put the new pups in a sunny location. Wait for about a week and then water and keep all the soil on the dry side of the pot.
How to get your aloe vera plant to bloom
The aloe vera plants with enough maturity can produce sometimes a tall flower. From this dozens of blossoms appear. This feature is interesting for many people who loves the aloe vera plant.
Unfortunately this state is rarely obtainable with all plants kept as houseplants. This state requires a couple of ideal conditions : enough light and plentiful water. The temperature plays a big role as well. Flowers can be admired within plants grown outside year-round in different warm climates locations.
To try assist your aloe plant to flourish and produce flowers :
- Provide for the plant as much light as available : during both summer and spring seasons. All aloe vera genders can spend some time outdoors. However, if the temperatur goes above 70°F or 21°C you might consider bringing it inside.
Note : Do not move your plant immediatly from indoors to a full sun position right away. The leaves needs time to adjust light. Move it step by step to a brighter stop within a week or two.
- Make sure your plant has enough water : find a balance between keeping the plant drying and soaking the roots by rains.
- Give the plant a proper rest in periods of fall and winter. The aloe vera tend to bloom in the last part of winter or also the early days of spring. You can encourage the plant by resting from watering but also offering cooler temperatures.
- Do not expect the plant to flower. With all of your efforts, all conditions of indoor plants ain’t enough and ideal for the aloe vera plant. Do not be surprised if your plant does not offer you flowers.
Pests and diseases aroun the aloe vera plant
The aloe plants such as all plants are exposed to usual plant pests like for example mealybugs and scales.
Some common diseases are :
- Rots within roots
- Soft type of rot
- Fungal stem rot
- LRot within leaves
After all, all you need is avoiding overwatering to keep enough conditions of developing and avoiding diseases above.
Harvesting and storage of your plant
The aloe gel
Here is a full article we did about how to take the gel out of the leaf and how to process it for an optimal use.
Learn more about these simple procedures here
Some wisdom and wit
- The aloe vera plant will know how to decorate a kitchen shelf. More than that, you will get out of it enough natural benefits.
- Some of the famous uses are skin uses but also it can be used for cold sores when needed.