Gardening

Aloe Vera: the plant with a thousand virtues


Aloe vera is a very decorative houseplant that is both easy to care for and undemanding throughout the year.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Aloe vera
Family : Aloeaceae or Asphodelaceae
Type : houseplant

Height : 0.5 to 1 m
Exposure : Bright
Ground : potting soil + sand

Flowering : March
Frost harvest : All year

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  • Benefits and virtues of aloe vera

Its foliage is original and elegant and it is also used for its medicinal properties, especially in cosmetics.

Exhibition of an Aloe vera

Very resistant plant, particularly to heat, it will be just as good outdoors in summer as inside your home in winter.

Exposure of an aloe vera:

Aloe vera claims good light but fear the direct sun which favors the drying out of the plant.
A too sunny exposure could indeed quickly dry out the foliage and make it yellow in a lasting way.

So choose to install it near a window that lets as much light through as possible but avoid it being subjected to direct sunlight.

Ideal temperature:

The temperature of a house or apartment is ideal because it must be understood in 18 and 21 ° all year round.

Of May to September, you will be able to take the plant out without any problem, but do not hesitate to bring it in at night if the nights are cool.

Aloe vera maintenance

Watering in spring / summer

He must be regular but moderate, Approximately once a week. The ideal is to water when the soil is dry on the surface.

Do not wait too long, especially in hot weather, as the plant may suffer.

If tap water is too hard, choose any spring water or collect rainwater for watering.

Prefer water at room temperature rather than too cold because the temperature difference can cause a significant stress for your aloe vera.

Watering in the fall / winter

Reduce slightly watering during the period of vegetative rest.

Wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters to water again and with water at room temperature.

You will resume watering in the spring when the plant regains growth.

Repotting the aloe vera:

This operation is essential and should be done every 2 to 3 years in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

Once every 3 years at most, repot your aloe vera in the spring, after flowering.

When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter but not too large and make sure that the bottom be holed.

Fertilizer :

There is no need to fertilize your aloe vera.

Extract the aloe vera gel

The aloe vera gel has indisputable therapeutic benefits.

To harvest the gel, simply cut a leaf at the base and then cut it into pieces a few centimeters wide.

Then cut these pieces lengthwise to extract the gel that you can use in multiple ways.

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