Aloe is one of the most popular succulents with 500+ species. The most popular species is Aloe vera, or “true aloe” which is widely used for pharmaceutical purposes.
Many aloe species are highly decorative and are valued by collectors of succulents. Aloe vera is used as a valuable alternative medicine. Aloe vera contains many vitamins and minerals, such as antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, enzymes, laxatives etc. Aloe vera benefits are helping heal skin, constipation and the immune system.
How to care for aloe plants?
The aloe plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Before you buy an aloe, note that you’ll need a location that offers bright, indirect sunlight. A western or southern window is ideal location for aloe. However, the plant doesn’t appreciate sustained direct sunlight, as this tends to dry out the plant too much and turn its leaves yellow.
Water aloe plants deeply but infrequently. Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter. Use your finger to test dryness before watering. If the potting mix stays wet, the plants’ roots can begin to rot. Fertilize sparingly (no more than once a month), and only in the spring and summer.
Mature aloe plants often produce offsets—puppies, or “babies”—that can be removed to produce a new plant. Also, by removing damaged and excess parts, you promote health and growth of your plant. The leaves that you cut off won’t grow back, but the plant will replace them by growing new ones at the top.
Aloe potting mix include washed construction sand or pumice, and manure or compost and 1 part shredded leaves, bark or other organic matter. To ensure a continuous supply of nutrients, fertilize regularly or plan to re-pot your aloe every year to two years.
You can check on the aloe species available for purchase on our Cactus EVN online shop.