We release the first of the plants in our indoor plants section with this natural wonder. We all know the benefits of this plant belonging to succulents. We will list its properties a little in case someone does not know them but we will focus on its care so that you can have it at home without worries.
ORIGIN AND PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA
Of Aloe there are many different species, such as Aloe ferox . When we say many, we speak of more than 300. Specifically, Aloe vera is the one that interests us for its healing , toning and, above all, healing properties. Amazing how it is able to regenerate the skin from wounds and burns, even without leaving any marks.
Originally from North Africa and already introduced in many countries, it is a benchmark in the world of medicine and especially cosmetics. That is why we are going to give you the recommendations to follow for your care.
ALOE VERA NEEDS AND CARE
Obviously, since it is a spice of tropical and subtropical origin , but especially in arid areas, the frequency of irrigation will be low to low. The only precaution to take is the summer. It may require a little more water but without going overboard. Excess water is one of its most delicate points and usually one of the clearest cases of wilting.
It is not very demanding. You don’t need anything special in terms of composition. But we will need a couple of gravel fingers at the bottom as a drain. For growing at home the best is the pot. The plastic ones are not recommended. The roots can accumulate too much heat and die.
To improve the properties of the substrate, you can use coconut fiber mixed with peat, together with draining materials such as gravel, vermiculite or perlite, among others.
Taking into account its origin, it is evident that the exposure to light must be high. In any case, do not misinterpret the high luminosity. Be careful with direct sunlight and especially in the hottest months of the year as it can cause burns. For this reason, we have commented on the need for more irrigation in this period.
Another of its weak points when it comes to the cold. It is not advisable to drop below 10 ºC. Reaching 0 ºC is fatal for this plant. Its optimum is between 14 and 21 making it ideal for interiors. Heat sources such as radiators in winter are not good so it will have to be moved away.
REPRODUCTION OF ALOE VERA
With proper care, we will immediately have suckers in the pot around the main plant. If you want, they can be separated and transplanted . To do this, we can put our hand in the substrate, palapando the sucker until we find the union with the mother and separate it.
This is the fast way. If you want to do it well, although more laborious, you have to remove the plant, clean the substrate and cut carefully for a greater precision of cut at the point of union. The reproduction by cutting from a sheet can also be done, leaving the wound to dry for 48-72 hours and transplanting.