Are you growing aloe vera? Well this is one of those medicinal plants that every homestead should have. It is not difficult to take care of and does not require too much attention. We just planted these the other day, so I wanted to share with you some of the information I have gathered on growing aloe vera.
This is one of the easiest plants to grow, so keep it simple do not try to over complicate things. Aloe Veras produce juice or gel, which has many health benefits. The gel for example can be used for sun burn, hair care as well as sore muscles and arthritis. Drinking the juice will help boost your immune system and helps with digestion.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- aloe vera pups
- organic fertilizer
- wide container
- garden soil
- construction sand
- peat moss
- coffee filter
- stones or charcoal
First, things first make sure that you are planting your aloe vera in a wide container or pot with a drainage hole in the middle. It does not have to be deep, but make sure it is wide at the top and cover the drainage hole with a coffee filter. It is not recommended you use the regular potting soil for your aloe vera, because it is a succulent.
You will need to either buy special potting soil for succulents or you can make your own at home. It is easy just take one part garden soil, construction sand and peat moss and mix them together. Add more sand if it feels a little too rich. Line the bottom of your container with your stones or charcoal for drainage.
Your homemade potting mix fills up the pot to about an inch below the rim. Plant and cover the roots up to the first leaves. If you are going to keep the pot outside then water once every 14 days. Indoors you only need to water it once every 21 to 30 days. Do not leave them out in direct sunlight. You can apply a little fertilizer if you feel the aloe vera needs it.
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