The beautiful Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that belongs to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family.
I call it the plant that everyone knows.
This beautiful succulent is so versatile that you can use it to decorate your home; it’s edible, plus it hydrates your skin and hair.
Aloe vera is an easy plant to care for since it doesn’t have great needs with a good substrate and controlled watering; the plant can grow very well.
Many people think the aloe vera is a cactus, and others just ask the question, is aloe vera a cactus? Well, let me tell you, the aloe vera is not a cactus but a succulent.
Characteristics of aloe vera:
The Aloe is a plant with a short stem, which is covered by leaves.
The stem can measure 30 cm approximately. The leaves are 40 to 50 long by 5 to 8 cm in diameter.
The leaves are very triangular and with small teeth around the entire leaf.
Inside the Aloe vera leaves is a glutinous, water-rich tissue. This gel is the one used to make products derived from aloe vera.
This type of gel contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, which provide extensive health benefits.
Properties and benefits of aloe vera:
You should know the Aloe vera is not just an ornamental plant; its been used for centuries for its medicinal and therapeutic properties.
Aloe vera produces many vitamins.
One of the main benefits of aloe vera is the ability to regulate the pH of the skin.
This allows pore-clogging bacteria to be flushed out and helps remove dead cells.
It also has a soothing effect, helping to relieve redness and irritation on the skin.
This succulent has properties that stimulate the creation of collagen in the skin, which is the substance responsible for maintaining its elasticity.
These are the same properties that can be used in skincare are helpful in combating dry hair.
If you want to enjoy all the benefits of these plants, both medicinal and ornamental, I invite you to grow and propagate this succulent throughout your garden.
Aloe Vera Care:
The care of this plant is quite simple. This plant welcomes a good amount of sun; it can be partially shaded or in direct sun.
My recommendation is to keep it in semi-shade, if it’s always in the sun, the leaves could burn.
This plant does not tolerate low temperatures. The ideal temperature for this beautiful plant is between 17ºC/62°F and 27ºC/80°F.
For this reason, if you have it outside, it’s best to place it inside during winter.
The substrate should only be well-drained and aerated, with a specific commercial substrate for cacti and succulents, it will be more than enough.
One of the things you should be careful with is the watering since this plant is susceptible to excess water.
If you water it twice a week in summer and twice a month in winter, it is more than enough.
The pests and diseases that can harm or attack your beautiful aloe vera are aphids, mites, whiteflies, and miller or sailor beetles.
If this happens, it is best to buy a specific insecticide for the type of pest that attacked your plant or a generic insecticide.
But in general, they are quite resistant to pests, so you don’t have to worry.
If you want to propagate the aloe vera, what you should do is cut one of the new leaves (measuring about 20 cm), let the cut dry for 3 to 5 days, and plant it in a new pot.
You can add some compost and rooting agent to help the new plant to grow.
It’s a plant that does not need to be transplanted frequently – only when it no longer fits in the pot where you have it planted.
How fast does Aloe vera grow?
I can’t tell you how fast your aloe vera plant will grow, since it depends on many factors.
But I can tell you its growth is neither slow nor fast.
To make sure you plant growth well, provide it with the necessary care and give it a good compost in the growing season (in summer).
Aloe vera plant uses:
Aloe vera is a plant that is used for many things; here are some of the benefits of using this plant:
- It acts as a soothing agent, so it is highly recommended to use it on burns, stings, bumps, or after waxing.
- It contains vitamins and amino acids that contribute to wound healing.
- Remedy against blows )Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties)
- Many doctors recommend the Aloe to treat acne
- If you suffer from dry hair, the Aloe is perfect for you.
I hope this article was helpful and motivating.
I always encourage gardeners to plant Aloes, and as you can see, there are many benefits.