Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Medicinal Aloe, Curaçao Aloe, Barbados Aloe

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Aloe vera care tips
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Aloe vera loves a good bright spot in your house. They require very little watering, like most succulents, overwatering is usually problematic, check the soil regularly and only water when it has thoroughly dried out. If it’s happy, it will start growing little Aloe plants next to the mother plant - these are adorably named pups. When they get big enough you can separate them and gift them to friends, but that’s a whole other article! Considered to be one of the best-known species, Aloe vera is famous for its medicinal uses. It is cultivated worldwide and grows best in Mediterranean environments. The gel and skin of the leaves are used to treat burns, wounds and eczema, whilst the juice of the leaves is traditionally used as a purgative medicine. This evergreen perennial species produces fleshy leaves arranged in a rosette, coloured dull green and edged with pink-tinged teeth. Flowers are produced on vertical racemes. They are yellow in colour, tubular in shape and measure around 3cm long. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It has a tufted habit and is frost-tender, so keep above freezing temperatures. Plant in a position of bright, indirect light and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out, for best results. Toxic to most pets.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

Propagation

Division

Remove offsets gently from the mother plant and replant in the desired position in the garden or in pots.

Special features

Attracts birds

Hummingbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Pot plant

Plant in pots that will allow sufficient drainage. Preferrably used wider pots as opposed to deep pots.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Lebanon-Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

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