Even if you don’t have a green thumb, or a lot of time to care for plants or gardens, if there is ONE plant you should definitely have in your home, it’s aloe vera! Aloe vera is a medicinal and decorative plant that doesn’t require much maintenance, but if cared for right, can grow big and healthy and provide you and your family with loads of benefits. Aloe has healing properties unlike any other plant and can help with a multitude of ailments from burns and cuts to an upset stomach and skin conditions.
Basically, having an aloe vera plant in your home is like having an all natural first aid kit! Keep reading to find out how to care for aloe vera plants the right way so they may grow big and healthy!
How to Care for Aloe Vera Plants – A Step by Step Guide
#1. Planting Spot
Aloes aren’t very fussy when it comes to whether they’re grown indoors or outdoors, but the one thing they DO like is sun and warmth. In the summer months, bring your aloe outdoors in a sunny spot. In the winter, bring your aloe pot indoors and place it in a sunny spot.
#2. The Right Pot
Aloe vera can grow to quite the size, so we recommend choosing a pot that’s a little bit bigger than the plant itself. This way, your aloe vera can extend and you won’t have to re-pot as often. Choose a pot that’s made out of clay or terracotta and ensure that it has good drainage holes.
When planting aloe vera, be sure to leave enough space between each plant (if planting more than one) since aloe like to spread out.
Choose dry soil that will drain quickly and won’t hold water. If the soil is too alkaline, it can slow down the aloe’s growth. Choose a cactus mix or sandy soil.
Only water your aloe plant when the soil is completely dry. One of the most common mistakes is over-watering an aloe plant.
Aloe vera loves the warmth and sun, but doesn’t necessarily prefer direct sunlight. Instead, provide your plant with plenty of indirect sunlight.
#7. Common Problems
Aloe plants are pretty low maintenance, but if you notice the ends of the aloe plant curling up, it means your plant needs more water. If the tips of the leaves turn brown, that means your plant is receiving too much sun. If the leaves grow out flat instead of upright, that means your plant isn’t receiving enough sunlight.
So now that you know how to care for aloe vera plants, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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