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How to Properly Care for Your Aloe Vera Plants

Aloe Vera is not just a lovely houseplant, they are full of benefits health wise. The inside of the plant is great for healing cuts and grazes, and its soothing nature is effective on sunburn and household burns.

Aloe has been used for many years in salves and creams that can be used on the skin, or taken orally to help combat the symptoms of asthma, arthritis and diabetes. You don’t have to spend money on products from the chemist to get the benefits of aloe vera, you can buy your own plant and create your own remedies.

Aloe Vera plants are of mistaken for being part of the cacti family, but they are actually are semi-tropical succulent perennials that are part of the lily family of plants. Originally from North Africa, they can now be found in most southern states like Texas and Arizona. 

They are characterized by their thick, waxy leaves and are found in many different varieties and sizes, it is the inside of the leaf, the sap, that holds the medicinal properties.

They thrive best in warmer climates, and will not grow if planted outside in any area that is prone to frost. They are fairly easy to look after, needing only plenty of sun and occasional watering. You can even let the soil dry out completely before re-watering.

Aloe Vera plants are now pretty common in most garden centres, and when choosing yours, be sure to look out for the following things:
  • Do not buy plants that have brown, yellow or spotty leaves.
  • Check the bottom of the plant and pot carefully; if roots are growing out of the bottom, it is a sign that the plant has been in the pot too long and is root- bound. It is best to choose another plant.
  • Check the plant leaves and soil carefully for pest and insect damage. Do not buy plants that have obvious insect damage.
  • Avoid buying plants that are dropping leaves.

Whilst caring for your plant, please remember.
  • Place your plant in a sunny, consistently warm location away from drafts.
  • Do not over-water your plant. Give it a good watering every couple of weeks. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering is probably the number one reason people are not successful growing Aloe Vera plants. Using soil that drains quickly will help ensure your plant does not sit in overly moist conditions.
  • Look closely at stems and leaves for any signs of insects or disease.
  • Look at the pot and soil. If roots are growing through the drainage holes or are seen at the soil surface, the plant has probably outgrown its pot. If you choose this plant, special care will be needed when transplanting into a larger pot.
  • Aloe Vera plants can be toxic if ingested by small animals. If you have a cat or dog be cautious and aware of plant placement.
  • When you bring your plant home from the garden center keep it away from other houseplants for a couple of weeks until you are sure it does not have any diseases or pest infestations.
  • Fertilize your plant on a yearly basis, in the spring, with a 10-40-10 fertilizer.

Using Aloe

Using Aloe for it’s soothing benefits is incredibly simple. Simply break the leaf of the plant in two, making sure to choose one of the bigger leaves for maximum effect. The sap that pours out can be used straight away to be applied to any burn or abrasion you have. The sap can also be used with other moisturisers or oils on the skin for a daily, moisturising effect.

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