Aloe vera is a very talked-about plant that’s best renowned for the healing qualities of the gel. You can harvest aloe vera gel from your plant to use it on minor burns and cuts, and even to make your own soaps, lotions, and other skin care products if you want
Step 1: Watering
Aloe vera plants like to be watered more during the summer than the winter months, but will not tolerate being consistently overwatered at any time during the year. The most common mistake folks create once it involves aloe plant care is overwatering. Overwatering will cause root rot, and eventually cause the stem of the plant to rot, eventually killing the whole plant from the bottom up. Never leave an aloe plant sitting in water, and the soil should never be soggy.
Step 2: Sunlight
The second most significant factor regarding aloe plant care is correct lighting. This can be particularly difficult when growing aloe inside. Aloe vera plants can grow their best once given a lot of light. If they don’t get enough light, they will grow tall and leggy over time. Aloe vera can be grown outside anywhere from full sun to partial shade. But, be very careful when you move your potted aloe vera plant to a sunny spot outside during the summer. An aloe plant that has been growing within all winter are sensitive to direct daylight.
Step 3: Potting Soil
The best soil for aloe is one that drains terribly quickly and doesn’t hold water. You could use a gritty succulent soil mix which will make it even easier to ensure you don’t overwater your aloe vera. But you can make your own succulent soil, using a mix of perlite or pumice, sand, and regular potting soil, which tends to be cheaper than buying the commercial stuff. Pots created out of terracotta or clay are the most effective pots for aloe, and will help to keep you from overwatering your plant. The clay wicks water out of the soil serving to it dry out abundant quicker, which is ideal for growing aloe vera. To keep the soil from spilling out the drainage holes, but still allow the water to drain, cover the holes with drainage netting, or an extra piece of window screen or landscaping fabric.
Step 4: Fertilizer
Aloe vera plants don’t actually need to be fertilized. Using organic plant fertilizer is recommended on your aloe vera, rather than the chemical stuff, especially if you plan to harvest and use the gel. Compost fertilizer is also a great choice. Fish emulsion and liquid kelp are also fantastic natural liquid fertilizers for feeding aloes but it is recommended to use those on outdoor plants because they are stinky.
Step 5: Pest Control
Healthy aloe vera plants rarely have issues with insect pests, but sometimes mealybugs or houseplant scale can attack a plant. For small pest infestations, simply dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and using it to remove the bugs is usually all you need to do to get rid of them. Make sure to treat them using organic pest control methods. For small pest infestations, simply dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and using it to remove the bugs is usually all you need to do to get rid of them. Organic neem oil, insecticidal soap or horticultural oil spray work very well to control larger outbreaks of houseplant pests.
There are several alternative edges and uses an aloe plant will offer us. This plant is a true gift from nature. You can unleash heaps of its meditative potential to an entirely new level once you plant it yourself. Gardening and doing a little bit of planting activity is not only fun but also relaxing