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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

 

Aloe Vera is a short stemmed perennia plant. I can grow from 30 to 100 cm, depending the growing conditions. Leaves on an aloe Vera plant are think and fleshy. The leaf edges can also be serrated with white teeth. The Aloe Vera plant originated in north-eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar. Aloe Vera is widely used to treat minor cuts, insect bits, burns along with being used for cosmetic reasons, for example, in exfoliation and face masks.

Aloe Vera with off-shoots

Aloe Vera grows best in free-draining soil and doesn’t need over regular watering. It was be grown both indoors and outdoors depending on the climate, given the need for free draining soil and not needing ample amounts of water, in Ireland, I would imagine that many aloe Vera plants are indoor plants. Aloe Vera also doesn’t like frosty conditions.

I currently have three aloe Vera plants growing in pots indoors; two regular sized and one that has over the years has grown ‘monster’ sized leaves. When aloe Vera grows in pots it usually grows to approximately 30 cm. In the wild it can grown from 60 to 100 cm. The largest of my aloe Vera plants currently has leaves of 50-60cm.

In time, Aloe Vera will start to grow ‘offshoots’ near the base of the parent plant. Once they have grow to a reasonable size, they can be re-potted. It is recommended that this is completed in the summer. However I have found that when the plants are being kept indoors, with the temperature and environment remaining constant through-out the year, the season for re-potting doesn’t affect them as much as when they are planted or kept outdoors.

I have recently re-potted four new baby aloe Vera plants. Due to the cold weather, I did the re-potting indoors, hence the newspapers under the plants. I take the parent plants out of outs pot and figure out which offshoots I want to replant. I then gently pull away the roots of the offshoot plant – I did this for four of the offshoots. If the offshoots are too resist to being removed, I leave them as I don’t want to damage the parent roots.

I filled four smaller pots with a free draining soil mix and then gently placed the offshoots inside and covered them with more soil. I did this approximately two weeks ago and then have all grown in that time.

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