Why and how to grow Aloe Vera? That was a question I asked myself. Are they really worth the effort of growing and did the benefits claimed really live up to their reputation? well in this blog we are going to find out importance and how to grow and after care of aloe vera.
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Importance and usages of aloe vera
Aloe has become very popular over the last 10 years, and it has a multi billion-dollar industry behind it and is extensively used in beauty products and for good reason. It’s got antiviral and antibacterial properties,and the ability to help treat everything from constipation to diabetes.
This year the temperatures have been crazy hot and I found myself applying suncream to my children on a constant basis. Each bottle I used contained Aloe Vera. This got me thinking about all the other health benefits of AloeVera.
It was at this point I decided to buy 2 small plants to grow myself at home. These two plants came from local market. Now they are pups that probably came from a mother plant. This is exactly how they came and they are a little bit top heavy.
Now growing Aloe isn’t difficult if you follow some basic rules. I’m going to share those with you right now. Aloe typically grows one or two feet tall with prickly leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from eating the plant.
That got me thinking of whether the aloe in my own garden as an insect repellent.So later on in the year when these plants get a little bit bigger, We are going to look a little more into that.
The leaves contain a gooey translucent gel,which is really really bitter and known all over the world for its incredible healing properties. This gooey gel is made up roughly of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds,and includes vitamins A B C and E, It also contains a product called Acemannan.
Acemannan has various medicinal properties such as osteogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, which helps accelerate healing of lesions, burns psoriases and acne.
Here are some tips for How to grow aloe vera
Aloe shouldn’t be kept in direct sunlight,they do like a bright location but should never be in direct sunlight. If your keeping Aloe indoors then do not place it up against the glass, because that will cause burning to the leaves. Instead just put them into an indirect light and ensure its nice and bright.
Soil mix needs to be free draining,The quicker it drains the better. Aloe does not like sitting in wet soils. A cactus mix would be ideal for Aloe. Potting soil or multipurpose compost will hold on to way too much moisture and can rot the root system killing the plant.
Watering Aloe Vera should be done infrequently.The best thing to do is to take your Aloe plant, stick your finger roughly about 2 inches down into the soil to see. if there is any moisture, you want to let your Aloe completely dry out before watering it again. Aloe only needs watering every there week in the summer and possibly every three or four weeks during the winter periods.
Aloe Vera love to be pot bound. They like their roots to be compact so don’t place them into too big a pot initially. What I would suggest though is transplanting them into a terracotta pot. By placing them in a terracotta pot you balance out that heavy top growth so that they don’t topple over,the weight of the pot will balance that out and keep your Aloe Upright.
Feeding Your Aloe Vera plants is very easy, They only need feeding twice a year, usually in early spring and mid-summer, Don’t feed towards the end of summer because by that point these plants are starting to shutdown for the winter.you can use a cactus feed in order to feed your plants but be sure to follow the instructions in order not to overfeed.
Harvesting Aloe is very easy, you can cut off little pieces if you need to rub it on a burn or a cut or you can take off whole leaves to be added to extra products in order to make shapoos. face masks and other beauty products. As I have already said earlier in the blog, I am going to be looking into the properties toward insecticides and prevention towards other plants being damaged.
There are so many health benefits to this little plant. And did you know it would be worth keeping one in your bedroom because this is one of the few plants that produce oxygen as a by-product during the night time. So can aid with your sleep patterns.
I really hope you have enjoyed this blog how to grow Aloe vera and also look after it.