Believe it or not, it is very easy to care for aloe vera plants. This plant has been around for over 1000 years and still one of the most favored and most old succulent worldwide.
The plants grow at a drastic pace during the months of summer. They make great house plants. However, it is not going to find a pot for itself and trim itself up in the house. You will have to keep in mind that aloe vera like the sun but it might brown when subjected to harsh light. Moreover, they might also freeze-up during the winter months. Hence, you need to protect it from frost.
Here are some of the ways to grow and take care of your aloe vera plant.
When you are growing the aloe vera in the garden, it will require 2-3 hours of sun in a day. However, it is better to protect it from the scorching sun rays of the afternoon. It can get stressed from too much sunlight. In case you have it as an indoor plant, make sure that it gets as much exposure as possible.
This isn’t a plant that grows in low light and the leaves are going to droop. You will have to keep it away from any kind of hot glass since it is going to burn the leaves. Place it near the window but not on it. Aloe Vera mostly thrives in home temperature; between 55 to 80°F.
Irrespective of where you are growing your aloe vera plant, make sure that it dries it completely prior to watering it again. Whenever you water, do it thoroughly and ensure that it drains out. Water shouldn’t be sitting on the pot. In the summertime, you can water the plant once or twice every two weeks.
In wintertime, it might require even less watering, water once in two months in winter. If you end up water excessively, the roots and the leaves that are full of water might rot out.
But if you are to put your Aloe Vera plant indoors, it requires a different watering regimen. Water the plant once a month during the summer if it is indoors and once every 2 months during winter. But remember that the schedule and how often do you water your plant also depends on its size, the type of pot, soil, and the environmental condition.
When you are done with watering, you will have to ensure that the mix in the plant is draining well. Succulent and a cactus mix is a great option. Use this when you plant aloe vera in a container. When the aloe vera has proper soiling, it will have green and plump leaves.
Like most of the succulent, none of them is actually necessary.
- Dress your plant with a layer of worm casting when spring comes.
- Repeat the same procedure with the indoor plants.
- You can use a balanced houseplant food in liquid form once in the springtime.
- However, make sure that you do not over-fertilize it. Also, avoid doing these in the darker and colder months. This is because the plants rest during this season.
- You have to do this by dividing the offsets that you will find at the bottom portion of the main plant. A majority of the succulents will be able to propagate by leaf or stem cuttings but this is not the case with aloe vera. This plant doesn’t have any stem and the leaves are filled with gel.
- As a general rule, you have to wait until the offset is 1/5 of the size of the main plant and numerous true leaves.
- However, if it is a large aloe, you can remove the pups when it is small but it needs to have enough leaves. Make sure that the pup is mature enough to root the plant.
- Prune the spent flower stalks and remove the fleshy leaves.
- Cut in 1-2 inch intervals since this will not harm the plant.
- When it comes to pests, treat outdoor plants with orange aphids at the end of the summer season. Indoor plants can have scales and bugs.
- Take a cotton swab and wipe the leaves. Prepare a mixture of a little alcohol and water; soak the cotton and wipe off bugs.
- Remove the scale with a dull knife.
- Before planting Aloe Vera or repotting, make sure to choose the best material for your pot. A pot made of Terracota is highly recommended as this will drain the water thoroughly. A well-draining pot is the key to keep your Aloe Vera plant healthy.
- Choosing the right pot size is also worth considering since the Aloe Vera leaves or stems tend to grow bigger. Having a deeper and wider pot size will give enough room of the new stems to thrive.
- Also use a well-draining potting mix such as lava rock, chunks of trunk, and perlite.