Aloe Vera Gardening
Aloe vera has entered the most wanted plant list! Aloe vera has been in use to treat many injuries and infections for generations. Keeping an aloe vera plant in your back yard or your window sill is considered good owing to its burns-healing properties. We hear so much about the goodness of aloe vera and its effects on our body. Yes! Aloe is a medicinal plant and yes! It is very helpful in kitchen too! But how to grow aloe and how to cultivate aloe vera effectively? Aloe vera gardening is a fast growing field, let us look at it in detail.
Aloe Vera: the Easy to Grow Plant
Aloe vera is a desert plant. Knowing this we can conveniently assume that it can withstand harsh climates. Yes! it can withstand, hot and dry climates. But it cannot withstand cold and dry or cold and wet or wet climates. Aloe vera contains 99% water in it. It is used to the habit of storing water and nutrient for draught conditions. I know that when you grow aloe vera there will be no draught conditions. Therefore it has to be induced for the betterment of this plant.
Aloe vera loves sun. A full sun exposure is very good and also helps in good growth. Aloe does needs to be watered, but in small amounts. Do not over water. This rots the plant. Treat aloe vera like a desert plant; keep in mind that it can go without watering for weeks and does not need too much manure or fertilizers. Aloe is not that easily affected by insects or pests. But some insects like mealy bugs can harm the plant.
Points to remember when cultivating aloe:
- Do not over water
- Wait till the soil dries up between each watering
- Do not keep the plant in shade
- If kept in a pot, it needs repotting periodically.
- Choose a horizontally big pot to plant it
How to Get Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera plant can be bought in any garden shops and nurseries. Some aloe vera plants flower, these seeds can be used to cultivate aloe vera. Other aloe vera plants produce pups; these pups can be transferred to another pot. You can even get these pups from other people having aloe vera plant.
How to Take Care of Aloe Vera?
Aloe is easy maintenance. There is no need to take too much care of aloe vera. Some even say that too much care ruins the plant. So leave it alone! Water occasionally. Aloe vera flourishes well in sunlight. Therefore take care that it is placed in sunlight. Even when you go out of station, there is no need for special care for aloe. It can go without water for weeks.
How to Repot the Pups?
Aloe vera produces pups that have to be repotted for better growth. To do this:
A paper or towel
A pot filled with damp soil
- Find the sap attaching to the mother plant
- Cut the sap with the knife
- Place the cut end in a paper or on a dry cloth
- Wait for the sap to close
- Now in a pot with damp soil, plant aloe vera
- It may turn red, but it will come along
This is good as a gift.