Growing Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera plants are useful for burns, cuts, and itching. Break a piece off and apply the juice.

We are now growing aloe vera to sell at trade shows and such.

Did you know that there are more than 250 different varieties of aloe plants? Most of them come from Africa where it is hot.

Everyone knows about the healing properties of this plant. Aloe vera is in many sunburn gels and ointments. Yes, you can break a leaf off and apply the gel to a burn or to sunburn to avoid a lot of pain. It works great. You should cut off a lower leaf on the plant and slice it open to get the gel.

Your aloe vera plant does not like excessive heat and humidity. It likes to be indoors best near a sunny window. In the summer, you can move the plant outside on the deck to get some full sun, but do not do this in the winter if it is cold. The cold will kill your plant. If there is even a remote chance that it will get cold outside, do not attempt to grow your plant outdoors.

Be careful not to over-water your plant. It is a member of the cactus/succulent family and does not require a lot of water. Wet the soil about once a week, when the soil feels almost dry during the summer.  Then allow the dirt to dry out all the way before you water it again. Over-watering will rot your plant.

In the winter, it requires less water because it goes dormant which means it stops growing. Let the soil go completely dry and then give the plant one to two cups of water, depending on the size of the pot and the plant.

Growing Aloe Vera Pups

Your plant will grow a lot most of the year. It will shoot out "pups" that you can leave attached to the mother plant. You can also break them off and put them in pots of their own. They start rooting easily when put in dirt. If you leave the pups in the same container, move the whole plant to a wider container, not a deeper container because the plant spreads outward, not downward.

If you are in the San Antonio area, drop by and pick up one or two for your home and for the office. They also make great gifts. Take good care of your Aloe Vera plant and it will last you for many years.

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