Aloe Vera Plant Care, What’s That All About?
The humble Aloe Vera is one of my main house plant. In the Caribbean the Aloe Vera is a plant used to treat cuts and bruises. But there is so much more to this plant than just its medicinal qualities.
When I bought this plant they were quite small, I would say about 4 inches in height, with about 6 leaves on each plant. But with a little bit of TLC they have grown to be quite large house plants.
The plants do not like to be outside in the cold, so if you place them by a window sill with good lighting, they will love that. If you place them where they cannot get sufficient light they will die.
I use Aloe Vera in my hair as a conditioner and for treating dandruff. They are also a great natural detox. You can remove the sap within the leaf, cut a small piece and blend it with a bit of orange juice. I have known people who remove the sap and take it internally without any drink.
This plant likes sandy soil, in the UK where the plant can’t be grown outdoors. You will need to grow it in a terracotta pot. Because, the root of the plant needs to dry out completely, and with the clay put, what you will find is that over time. This type of pot will absorb moisture from the soil. Leaving the plant in nice dry soil which it loves.
Aloe Vera Plant Care? How to Create An Aloe Vera Nursery
Most of us are used to it as a house plant that is used to treat burns or cut and think on but there are so many different things you can do with their lovely aloe so these are some of my lovely aloe vera.
When I bought these Aloe Vera plants, they were really tiny about four inches. There were about six leaves on it and then I’ve grown them into this beautiful houseplant.
So with Aloe Vera they don’t like the cold so if you’re having them in the UK you need to put them in on a windowsill or where they can still get a little light in the wintertime. If you put them in a shaded position they will die and you won’t have these magnificent leaves to look at.
Aloe Vera Plant Care? Aloe Vera and It’s Uses
I really love Aloe Vera I use it in my hair as well. I use it to make hair conditioner and it’s good to treat dandruff or any issues you may have with your scalp. It’s really good for a detox. So if you want a natural detox you can use this plant.
You can take the aloe gel out and mix it with some orange juice or you can take it on its own. If you’re very brave you can actually take the gel in small cubes swallow it like a capsule and then drink some water that acts like detox and clear out your system.
Growing Aloe Vera Indoors
Aloe Vera likes sandy soil and if you’re having it especially in the UK where you can’t really grow it outside all year round you have to put it indoor.
You need a clay pot because what happens the aloe needs to dry out completely before you water again and the clay pot will hold onto any excess water to avoid root rot.
So if you’re storing it inside you can put it in a decorative pot then afterwards when it gets bigger, you need to put it inside a clay pot and that definitely help.
How to Use Aloe Vera For Health and Beauty Purposes
My indoor Aloe Veras are not for decorative purposes per se. These others are not for decoration, I use them 24/7, they are working plants if you like. I’m always cutting them using them in my hair taking them internally they’re slippery slimy but they do wonders for the inside.
A lot of vitamin c antioxidants all those things it’s so lovely to have some Aloe Vera. People have been using these for ages in medicine and home remedies. It is good for purifying the air, as well because as I mentioned in my previous video it’s nice to have it in your bedroom or just any room because they are brilliant air purifiers.
Best Lighting Condition for Growing Aloe Vera
It is a lovely plant so once you focus on the type of soil, loose well-draining soil is best because it gets rid of excess water, which will prevent root rot. Where you position in order to get some light is vital. It doesn’t really need repotting a lot until it’s actually root-bound. Then you can repot it and you need to wait until the summertime to do that.
In the wintertime, you need to limit the watering as much as possible probably water in winter three times for the entire winter months. You can water it once or twice in summer. Sometimes with aloe vera, the leaves get quite thin if you are not feeding and properly watering the plants, then they will not survive. I had this issue with the leaves thinning out, a couple of months ago. I did a video with them showing what actually happened. When you neglect to give the plant adequate care.
How to Nourish Your Aloe Vera Soil
My current plants are not a good example to demonstrate how to deal with Aloe Vera leaves that are thinning out. So what you need to do when you have leaves thinning out, all you need to do is, soak some ripe banana peel for at least a day. You can soak it for a week then you actually use that water to feed the Aloe Vera and it will make it nice and fat and looking healthy again.
The Aloe Vera is good for hair care it’s good for skincare it’s good for detoxing your body and it’s good for taking impurities from the air. So many things it’s good for, and just to have it as a house plan to look at that’s good enough.
It makes a lovely house plan so that’s my lovely aloe vera’s growing beautifully in the UK and I have loads of these around the house.
I always aim to have at least three of these plant in my house, because i use it heavily, so when I cut from one plant I leave the other one to recover. Then I go to the other one and so forth and then for you to get new ones.
Growing Aloe Vera From Leaves
I’m going to experiment and show you. You can just cut the leaves put it in soil and it will root and then you can get new aloe vera like that.
Aloe Vera is easy to take care of, just put it somewhere where you can get sufficient light and water once a month and that’s it, then you will have this lovely Aloe growing here in the cold UK.
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