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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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Common Name: Aloe Vera

Botanical Name: Aloe Barbadensis Mill

Aloe Vera Plant Description

    Aloe Vera is not only widely appreciated for its architectural aesthetic and ease of care but also for its medicinal properties. It’s a succulent plant that's been used for centuries to heal burns and cuts and is still popular in homes for its beauty and practical benefits.

    Aloe Vera plants feature thick, fleshy leaves that grow upright from a central base. These leaves are green to grey-green in color, sometimes with white flecks, and their edges are serrated with small teeth. The plant can also produce yellow tubular flowers on spikes during the summer if it receives enough light.

    Care Plan for Aloe Vera

    Light: Aloe Vera thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate some direct sunlight but is best placed in a location where sunlight is filtered through a sheer curtain or slightly shaded to prevent the leaves from scorching. Too little light can stunt the plant's growth and cause the leaves to weaken and droop.

    Watering: As a succulent, Aloe Vera stores water in its leaves and prefers to be watered deeply but infrequently. Allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings, and when you water, do so thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes. During the winter months, reduce watering even further to prevent rot.

    Humidity and Temperature: Aloe Vera prefers dry conditions and does well in typical household humidity levels. It enjoys warmer temperatures and should be kept in environments above 60°F (15°C). Protect it from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

    Child and Pet Safety: Aloe Vera is generally safe around children and can be used under supervision as a topical remedy for minor burns or skin irritations. However, it is toxic to pets, particularly cats and dogs, if ingested. The gel inside the leaves can cause nausea and digestive issues in pets, so it’s best to keep this plant out of their reach.

    General Tips: Aloe Vera doesn't require frequent fertilization, but you can feed it with a phosphorus-heavy, water-based fertilizer at half strength once a year in the spring. Make sure the pot has good drainage to avoid water accumulation at the roots.

     

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