Aloe Vera

Medicianl Aloe VeraAloe Vera (Aloe Vera) is a flowering succulent that is know around the world for its medicinal uses. Aloe Vera isĀ  popular as a house plant, though it can be a little bit more difficult to grow indoors than some other house plants. Aloe Vera is a considered a true aloe for the soothing gel that is the Aloe Vera flesh. Great for soothing sunburns and scrapes!

Aloe Vera needs bright sun light that is indirect and arid conditions to do well indoors. The climate requirements for successful Aloe Vera growing indoors is a bit more strict than some other house plants and can be somewhat of a particular plant for novice indoor gardeners if you don’t know the Aloe Vera’s requirements for good health.

Aloe Vera is a succulent meaning that it stores water in its meaty spikes. Aloe Vera forms a spiky crown of fleshy, slightly spiked shoots that can grow up to 2 feet long. The coloring of Aloe Vera is pretty standard as a sort of dull aqua green to medium light green. Aloe Vera comes from the Near East where the conditions are bright sun, hot temperatures, and low amounts of water. Trying to recreate these conditions indoors is the key to getting your Aloe Vera plant to do well indoors. Giving Aloe Vera plenty of bright but indirect sunlight, low humidity in the air, well drained soil, and minimal watering is the recipe for Aloe Vera growing success.

Giving the interesting look of the Aloe Vera plant and the medicinal benefits of the plant, having an Aloe Vera as a house plant can be a positive experience in a variety of ways. If you are looking for something different in a house plant and can give Aloe Vera the indoor space it needs to be healthy, it is a great plant to have.

Common Names: Aloe Vera, Medicinal Aloe

Aloe Vera Growing Requirements

  • Light – To do well indoors, Aloe Vera plants need to have full sun that is indirect. Direct sun light can burn the tips of the spikes. In indoor locations to do it’s best and Aloe Vera will take just about as much indirect light as you can give it. In lower light situations, Aloe Vera will still survive, but not thrive as in brighter locations.
  • Soil – Store bought bagged Cactus and Succulent potting mix is the right choice for Aloe Vera. Water needs to be able to drain through the potting medium easily to mimic the Aloe Vera’s natural environment.
  • Watering – Less is definitely more when it comes to watering Aloe Vera. Too much water is one of the greatest problems owners will face. Resist your urge to water Aloe Vera. Some water every 2 to 3 weeks in the spring and summer, then less water through fall and winter. Let the soil dry out and then some between each watering. The most common problem found with Aloe Plants is over watering. Too much water will cause the spikes to get mushy and start to shrivel.
  • Climate – Aloe Vera are naturally pretty tough plant and does a little bit better in cooler temperatures than many other house plants. Though cold temperatures below 50 degrees can shock the plant, this is still a bit better than many plants indoors. Aloe Vera also likes low humidity.
  • Flowering – Mature Aloe Vera plants will produce a blooming stalk in the right indoor conditions. If there is the right amount of water, plenty of consistent bright sun, and low humidity, Aloe Vera will flower. Usually in the Winter. The flowers can be either orange or yellow and are very attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Pruning – When you need to use Aloe Vera to sooth a minor scrap, or sun burn just remove a spike, cutting near the base of the plant. As the plant grows, lower spikes may shrivel and those can be removed. Beyond some minor care for visual appeal, the Aloe Vera needs little in the way of pruning.
  • Pests – Aloe Vera is a durable plant, but on occasion it can become affected by aphids, gnats, scale, spider mites, mealy bugs, and other common house plant insects.
  • Disease – Due in part to the dry conditions that Aloe Vera grows in the plant is not often times affected by disease or fungus. The indoor climate that the Aloe Vera plant does well in is not conducive to disease and fungus alleviating many issues that can be found in other house plants.

The Aloe Vera may have some specific needs when it comes to care, but it is no more work than any other house plant to care for. The Aloe Plant is pretty easy to grow if you can give it some good sun and a little bit of water now and again. The interesting look of the plant, low water requirements, and medicinal uses makes Aloe Vera a common plant in many indoor spaces.

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