Aloe vera is one of those amazing houseplants that requires very little care, but can give you a world of benefits! Aloe vera contains a gel that when removed from the plant, can be used to treat cuts, burns, as well as a slew of skin ailments such as dark spots and acne. Aloe vera is not only great to have in your home for those reasons, but also because it produces fresh oxygen. Aloe vera is categorized as a succulent.
How to Grow Aloe Vera in Pots
Planting Aloe Vera:
- Aloe vera is grown by purchasing a small aloe plant from your local nursery.
- Plant the aloe vera in a wide pot with well draining potting mix, such as potting mix for succulents and cacti.
- Although aloe vera plants are hardy and don't require a lot of water, non well drained soil can still cause root rot.
- Place your aloe vera plant in direct sunlight.
Caring for Aloe Vera:
- Allow the soil to dry at least 1-2 inches before watering, and water deeply.
- Aloe vera produces offsets, which are essentially little leaflets, or babies, which can be broken off and replanted as a new plant.
Harvesting Aloe Vera Gel:
- To harvest the gel from aloe vera, cut a mature leaf from the bottom.
- Then, cut the leaf lengthwise and scrape or squeeze the gel out.
- Apply the gel directly to the skin, and be careful of clothing or other surfaces, as aloe vera stains.