Growing aloe vera houseplants is easy, and it will provide you with an all-natural way to treat minor burns and rashes.
Aloe vera plants have relatively short roots and heavy leaves. If you are transplanting aloe, be sure to move your plant to a heavier pot when it becomes top-heavy and begins to tip over. If your aloe plant runs out of space for its roots to grow, it may begin producing “pups” that can be moved into their own pots. If you are more interested in growing the adult plant than producing new plants, transplant it to a larger pot before the roots begin to circle the walls of its container.
Be sure to give your plant adequate sunlight and warmth. 8 to 10 hours of sunlight a day is preferred by aloe plants because they love the sun. Yet aloe plants are also capable of surviving cooler seasons in a more dormant state. They will suffer harm if they are exposed to temperatures that are below 25 degrees F.
Hardiness zones 9 through 11 are the most suitable climates for keeping aloe vera outdoors year round. If you live in a cooler zone, it may be best to keep your aloe plant indoors before the frost sets in. The sunniest windows usually face west or south if you live in the norther hemisphere, or west or north if you live in the southern hemisphere. Aloe plants can still get burned in very hot conditions. Be sure to leave your plant in an area of light shade if the leaves begin to brown.
Be sure to plant you aloe vera in well draining soil. Since aloe vera plants are adapted for survival in dry conditions, they may rot if planted in soil that collects standing water. You can use a cactus potting mix, or create your own mix using equal parts soil and gravel.
When planting, be sure to cover the root ball, but do not let the leaves touch the soil. Place the aloe vera root ball just beneath the surface of the soil. The green leaves may rot if partially buried or touching the soil.
Do not water for the first few days after planting. Give your aloe plant a few days to repair any roots that may have been damaged during the planting before you begin to water. Too much watering can damage roots and increase the chance of root rot. Aloe plants store a lot of water in their leaves, and should not be harmed by small dry spells. Give your plant a light watering the first one or two times you water just to be extra safe. The biggest mistake most aloe planters make is over watering.
During growing season, watch the soil and when it looks and feel dry, water your aloe plant. During summer, or any time the weather is warm and sunny, aloe plants will grow fastest with regular watering. It is much easier to overwater aloe plants than it is to dry them out, so do not water until the soil has dried out to a depth of 3 inches.
During the cold season, water infrequently. Aloe plants go dormant during winter, so unless you are keeping them in a heated room year round, you should only water them once or twice a month during this period.
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