Aloe Vera is an easily cultivated houseplant, which can be used for decoration and is known for its various therapeutic and cosmetic properties. Keep reading to know how to cultivate an aloe plant.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant with a long history of medicinal use, it has skin-healing properties which help the epidermis to retain moisture and reduce inflammation. In addition, aloe can help to nourish, strengthen hair and reduce dandruff.
Given the aforementioned benefits, it is necessary to cultivate aloe vera and offer it good maintenance. Follow us to know the best practices to take care of your aloe plant.
– Plant the Aloe Vera in potting soil with good drainage.
– To do this, make a mixture of equal parts of sand or potting soil (you can also buy a mixture dedicated to this purpose).
– Make sure to give it enough space to grow in comfort.
– Choose a sunny spot for it to grow well.
– Make sure to water it generously once a fortnight whenever the soil becomes dry.
– Since it is in a pot, you can place your plant outside during the summer.
– Gradually move it to a bright location to avoid overexposure to the sun and light.
– The favorable temperature for indoor-grown Aloe Vera should preferably be between 18 °C and 20 °C.
– During the period between May and September, take it outside (when the climate is mild) and bring it inside during the cold nights.
– It can survive in hot summers, and it is characterized by its fatty power that allows it to retain water in the leaves.
– After planting the Aloe Vera, wait 15 days before watering it (it does not require much water).
– From spring to the end of summer, water periodically every 15 days (or every week when it is too hot).
– The rest of the year, you can do a periodic watering every month.
– When it comes to watering, preferably use limescale-free water.
– Avoid exposing your plant to direct sunlight so that leaves do not dry out.
– Place it in a bright place (for example near a window) so that the leaves do not turn yellow.
– Protect your plant from the cold during the winter by providing a temperature of 18° to 20 °C (all year round).
– As it grows quickly and generates other small plants, replant the new ones in other pots (if they reach 4 fingers).
– It is important to remove the main plant every 3 years in spring and to move to a larger pot, taking care of the roots.
– To extract aloe gel, you just have to cut a leaf at its base and cut it into small pieces of a few centimeters.
– Cut these pieces longitudinally to collect the gel.
– You can use this gel in different applications (therapeutic and cosmetic).