Six Tips to Growing Aloe
Growing aloe is fairly easy both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate zone. If you live in an area that experiences drastic temperature changes and/or receives snow during the winter, you should grow your aloe plant inside.
Aloe grows well in warm and moist climates. It is native to Africa and is adapted to survive in high heat and drought conditions. This article will provide you with 6 tips to use when growing aloe either indoors or out.
Tip #1 - Soil
Plant the aloe in well-draining soil. Use a cactus soil mix if planting indoors in a container. If you’re planting outdoors, it helps to mix a small amount of gravel into the soil to aid in drainage for the plant.
Tip #2 - Fertilizer
Fertilize the plant with a liquid fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and phosphorus. Do this once a month during spring/summer and once every 4 weeks during fall/winter.
Use the fertilizer as prescribed, and feel free to pour it directly on to the foliage of the plant. Aloe can absorb water and fertilizer through its leaves as well as its roots.
Tip #3 - Water
Allow the plant to dry out completely in between watering. Do not be afraid of underwatering: aloe is extremely hardy and may be revived from the most desperate of situations. Water your aloe only after the soil has dried to a depth of 4 inches, and then saturate the soil.
Tip #4 - Browning Leaves
You may notice that the foliage of your aloe plant is beginning to become less brilliant in color or starting to brown. Perhaps the tips of the leaves have dried up or become paper-thin. If this happens to your plants, simply water the 2 or 3 times a day until the plant restores itself.
Tip #5 - Rooting
Some plants can root only in water while others require the protection of soil. Aloe roots in water, producing several advantages. First, you may propagate new plants directly into water and allow them to grow before planting them. Also, you can solve a lot of common problems in your aloe plant by supplementing it with water and liquid fertilizer.
Tip #6 - For Indoor Growers Only
Purchase a cheap fluorescent light fixture and bulb to use as a supplemental grow light. This is especially useful if you wish to keep your aloe in an unlit area or if you live in a darker climate. The fluorescent bulb will provide the plant with supplemental energy that it will use during photosynthesis to grow larger and stronger.
Aloe is an extremely valuable plant to own because of its numerous medical benefits. Apply fresh aloe juice directly to the skin to soothe scratches, abrasions, minor burn and sunburn and speed up healing. Within the juices lay over 200 chemical compounds that are beneficial for your skin.