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Growing Aloe Vera at Home is easy once you understand what this miracle plant requires.
As it became more popularized, it was used as an ingredient in cosmetics, burn creams, and soothing salves. Today, it is a common sight to see as a potted plant in many homes around the world. Growing an Aloe Vera plant at home really is not a difficult task as long as you follow a few basic rules! One of the best things about growing Aloe Vera is that you have it readily available and can be sure of the purity.
If you are seriously interested in growing Aloe Vera, then you should know about the temperature, nutrition, and moisture requirements for the plant. Aloe Vera is a tropical plant. This means that it will require warm temperatures to grow well. In addition to the warm temperatures, you will need to make sure that the plant is provided proper nutrients and growing conditions. Growing an aloe plant at home can be accomplished with relative ease, so long as you keep it watered, fed, allow for proper sunlight exposure, and temperature control. It can not freeze or be chilled, and requires maximum sun light for optimum growth.
Most people will not be successful in growing Aloe Vera plants at home unless they grow the plant indoors. Unless you live in a tropical climate, you will be better off growing Aloe Vera on a sunny window sill, inside instead of outside. If you want to try to transplant to the outdoors during the summer, you might have some success, but realize that whenever you disturb a plants root system, you are putting stress on it, which could cause the plant to fail to thrive. I just move the entire plant in its existing pot to a sunny deck for our summer season.
You need to move it outside with care, introducing it to direct sunlight over a 5-7 day period. If you place it directly in the sun on day one, it will burn the plant. So introduce it slowly to full sun, where your aloe plant will thrive.
Growing Aloe Vera inside your home will require you to keep the soil dry between waterings. Watering the soil of the plant will vary depending upon the size of the plant. Aloe Vera plants store much of their water inside to make the gel that has the value for soothing burns and such. If you water it too little, then you will not have a plant with as much gel as you could have. You can tell when your aloe is lacking water on a regular basis as it will become very pale in color. You also do not want to over water your plant. Before watering, push the tip of your finger into the soil, if it is damp, then do not water. You should only water the plant when the soil is dry.
Aloe Vera is not a cactus, but if you are determined to be successful at growing aloe, you might want to start thinking of it as such. They do not require as much water as traditional plants, but they do need more than the average cactus needs.
If you are thinking of growing a nice little aloe, then do not go looking for seeds for the plant. The best way to start your own plant is to get a ‘start’ from an existing plant. Regular potting mix, with a touch of sand will yield the best results for growing Aloe. The secret is to get a soil mix without too much peat. The peat should be replaced by sand, and sometimes I buy cactus mix soil as my aloe plants respond to this type of soil best.
Keep an eye on the plant to watch for signs of growth. It may seem like it is growing slowly, it might be that you are over watering it, or you are not providing it with enough light. Placing the potted plant under a warm light bulb for the heat, will help you have success when growing aloe at home.