Respect for nature! That's what the Aloe Vera radiates. The tranquil and powerful aura of the Aloe Vera brings calm and tranquility into your home. The gel that the plant secretes would help against eczema and rash and is used for cooling the burned skin. As a houseplant it is very easy to care for and brings a cool look to the house.
On the contrary to many other indoor plants, the Aloe can withstand direct sunlight. Just look at it and make sure that the plant is not placed in direct sunlight, but do this gradually. This is why the plant can be placed in the garden in the summer. In winter you only have to watch out for frost, which will kill the plant. But the Aloe needs enough light and should not be placed in a dark place.
A minimum daytime temperature of 10 degrees Celsius is recommended and a minimum nighttime temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
Aloe needs little water, as it can store water in its leaves. Therefore, never give too much water. Do not water again until the soil feels dry. This will be once a week in the summer and approximately once a month in the winter.
It is not necessary to give extra power. If you want to stimulate growth, give considerably less food than the indicated dosage.
If you want to use the plant's healing juice, you can cut off one of the lower leaves to form a membrane. By squeezing this fleece the juice will come out and you can then collect it in a tray. The plant will not be bothered by this as it uses the juice itself to recover. It can also happen that new cuttings appear next to the plant. Remove these to save energy for the Aloe.
Aloe grows fast, so it is important to repot it every 2 years. The new pot should be 3 times as wide as the root ball of the plant, so that the roots have enough space to grow. In any case, always repot in the spring, so that the plant still has enough time to recover from any damage.
The Aloe Vera plant originally comes from the Arabian Peninsula. Nowadays also in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, Indonesia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Aloe is a succulent from the Affodil family. There are 300 species. The plant must survive in the extreme heat of the desert, which is why it produces 70 to 80 substances that help it to survive. If a leaf is damaged, the wound will immediately seal with the juice, which has a coagulating effect in order to keep as much juice inside as possible. The ancient Egyptians already called the Aloe Vera "immortality plant".
Aloe does not easily suffer from vermin. If it does happen that vermin gets on the Aloe, make sure that you fight it as soon as possible with a biological or if desired a chemical pesticide.
Did you know that....
- The cosmetics and skin care producers use the juice of Aloe Vera for their products.
- The name of the Aloe Vera comes from the Arabic "Alloeh" (shiny bitter substance) that stands for cooling gel-like liquid in the leaves. Vera means "the only real".
- The Aloe is also called "saber" (patience) in Arabic, because of its very slow growth.
The Aloe Vera is a plant that can heal itself. After cutting off the leaves, a thin fleece will appear on the wound of the leaves within seconds. This wound is made up of the sap of the plant. This juice contains a composition of healing substances. The juice changes within a few minutes to a rubbery layer. This layer protects the wound of the leaf, so that the moisture loss stops. The plant is not poisonous!
The juice of Aloe Vera Plant is also used against acne/eczema, sports injuries, light burns (sun), cuts, scrapes and blisters.