How to grow Aloe Vera Plants for Internal and External Use
If you wish to have your own little aloe vera plantation at home so you can benefit from the healing properties, it is important that you find yourself an aloe vera barbadensis miller plant to start with. These are the only species recommended for internal use. They are one of the most nutritional species and will offer exceptional healing inside and outside. Always remove the entire leaf and only use the inner gel as the leaf contains compounds that can cause diarrhea.
Successful aloe vera growing is best achieved by either replanting aloe vera babies or by using the cutting-leaf technique. This is a much easier way of growing the plants than using seeds. The aloe vera plant can grow pretty tall, up to three feet. When your aloe vera plant shows a tall yellow flower reaching into the skiy, you can rest assure that your plant is now mature and that the healing juices produced by the plant carry all the nutirition. An aloe vera plant usually takes about 4-5 years to mature. Younger plants or very old ones (over 15 years) aren’t quite as nutritious.
Unless you live in a warm climate it is best to keep your aloe vera plants inside. Don’t worry it will thrive just as well proving the same medicinal benefits. Most of all, it will act as an air filter for your home cleaning the air inside your house.
Aloe Vera plants need lots of sun whether outside or inside. Find a place outside and in your house that will give your plant at least six hours of sunlight a day. If your plant is inside make sure the plant doesn't get direct sunlight. Make sure the plant doesn’t sit in water. Check for drainage. Aloe Vera won’t do well in wet soil.
If you plant your aloe vera outside, make sure you leave enough room for your second plant to grow as they do expand. But at the same time, if you plant your aloe vera in a pot, don’t use too big of a pot as this could slow down growing and maturing.
The aloe vera plant is native to North Africa, and the soil there is very dry and sandy. If your soil isn’t sandy at all, simply mix some sand and even some pebbles. This healthy mix will allow the water to drain better and prevent the plant from becoming oversaturated.
This is the basic information necessary to keep your aloe vera plants healthy. To learn how to grow aloe vera plants (inside or outside cultivation) please read below about the two techniques.
The pups is another term for offshoots, which are little baby plants. A mature plant produces baby plants along the base of the plant. Once the offshoots are about two to three inches tall you can separate the baby plant from the mother plant. Be careful when you separate them. Place the babyplant in a new pot using a mixture of 50% soil and 50% sand. Make sure the pot isn’t too big. It is better to use a smaller pot at first and upgrade as the plant gets bigger. Make sure you don’t water your plants that often. If they are outside you don’t need to water them at all.
If you keep your aloe vera plants inside, water them occasionally. The soil shouldn’t be soaked but only moist. Once the soil has completely dried out again you may add a bit of water again. A rule of thumb is to water them not more than every 14 days.
Amazing but true, you can multiply your aloe vera plants by the cutting-leaf technique. Take a sharp knife and separate one leaf from the plant. Use only the top three inches of the leaf for the purpose of regrowing a new plant. Most likely your leaf will be a lot longer than three inches so just cut off the bottom part and use the gel as you would be using it, skin treatments or juice treatments.
Put the leaf in the sun and let it rest there for a few days up to a week. Once the cut end has formed a scab you dip it in rooting hormone powder. If you don’t have the powder you can also use honey. I prefer the rooting hormone though. Then you plant the leaf into the soil, again using about a 50/50 mixture of soil and sand. Water the plant carefully. Don’t overwater it. The leaf will eventually build roots and grow into another beautiful plant.
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