Aloe Vera plants are one of the most popular house plants. They're fairly easy to grow and look beautiful in most any space. These days they're also well know for all of their health benefits. You can find Aloe Vera in shampoos, conditioners, makeup & skincare products, even in foods and drinks. I've seen so many articles and videos on how to harvest Aloe Vera, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. For now we're going to focus on how to grow a big and healthy Aloe Vera plant.
What is an Aloe Vera plant?
An Aloe Vera plant is a type of succulent with hardly any visible stem and thick fleshy leaves. Aloe Vera plants are made up of 94% water. The leaves are filled with aloe vera gel which has numerous health benefits. The Aloe Vera plant is native to desert and tropical climates, but it is grown indoors as a house plant all over the world.
Aloe Vera Plant Benefits
The gel that comes from the inside of the aloe vera plant has so many health benefits. After researching them for this post I realized there are a lot more then I first thought. I've always heard about the health benefits of using aloe vera water in smoothies for your digestive system and of course for using to heal scrapes and burns. Apparently aloe gel is more widely used for natural beauty products. This is mainly because aloe vera makes collagen, which is insanely good at keeping your skin looking young, glowing, and healthy. Just on it's own Aloe Vera Gel can be used as a moisturizer, as a primer, a makeup remover, and as an exfoliator. It can even be use as toothpaste or mouth wash. Who knew that an aloe plant could be such a healthy resource.
Potting & Planting
When you're planting your Aloe you'll want to find a pot that's slightly bigger than your plant. That way it will have space to grow into. You'll also want to make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom. Aloe Vera plants need to be well drained. Aloe Vera plants aren't picky when it comes to a soil type, but succulent soil mixes would be the best option.
The only time you want to water your aloe vera plant is when the soil is completely dry. The number one cause for Aloe plants dying is overwatering. When you water you want to soak the plant and then let it drain completely. You never want there to be water sitting in the pot. If you have the right soil and drainage this should be a piece of cake. Aloe Vera is an introvert in the plant world. It likes to be left alone, then occasionally looked in on. It's one of those plants that's okay if you forget to water every now and then.
Aloe Vera plants like lots of indirect sunlight. Remember, Aloe Vera is a succulent so it will grow well in the same places cacti or other succulents would. If the plant is getting too much sunlight you'll see brown tips on the leaves. If your plants not getting enough sunlight it will grow flat and stretch outward, almost like it's searching for the light. In the warmer summer months you can even move you're aloe plant outside for extra growth. Make sure you introduce it to the outdoors slowly though, you don't want the aloe to get sunburnt.
Just like most house plants your aloe would love some fertilizer every now and then, but it really doesn't need it. If you want to give your aloe vera fertilizer the best time would be in the summer when it does most of it's growing. Also if you intend to harvest or use any of the gel from the plant you'll probably want to use organic fertilizer.
And with that information you should have all the knowledge you need to grow your very own Aloe Vera Plant. So roll up your sleeves and get planting!