It’s Easy To Grow Aloe Vera – For Your Health and Sustainability.
There are many benefits to the Aloe Vera plant regarding your health and environment. But the most exciting part of growing an Aloe Vera plant is they are really hard to kill.
It’s a good thing growing Aloe Vera doesn’t require a green thumb, just a bit of water and sunshine. Over 13 years ago I moved from Arizona to the east coast. In my belongings were 2 Aloe Vera plants I had taken from my yard.
Aloe was part of my first aid kit. And I’d rather have fresh organic aloe than something in a bottle. I’d used Aloe for an array of burns over the years. I’d made a facial lotion and added it to my smoothies. There was no way I was going to leave without a bit of this self-sustainable plant.
Before leaving on my treck to New York, I pulled 2 small Aloe offshoots with roots from the existing Arizona plants. I wrapped them in a wet towel, then set them into an open plastic baggy. After throwing them in a box in my vehicle I completely forgot about them for several weeks. When I finally found the bag I put the Aloe plants into clean dirt from my new yard then placed the pot in a south-facing window. I added water and forgot about them. In fact, I pretty much forgot about them for the next 5 years.
I’d water them when they seemed a bit brown or when I needed a piece. The two aloe plants filled their pot and stopped growing.
Five years later the aloe still sat in the pots, but I wanted more from them. I wanted the abundance I naturally had in Arizona. Except in the East, I knew I needed to keep them inside because the cold winters would kill them.
The two plants were separated and planted into their own very large pots. Over the next few months, they grew and started to propagate. I continue to water them when I remember. And now 13 years plus later I am still growing aloe from my original 2 plants and getting so many offspring I can’t keep up some years.
You too can grow aloe in your home in an organic and natural manner without much fuss. Below you’ll find Aloe information, usage, and growing tips.
History and Information
Scientific Name: Aloe Vera
Botanical name: Aloe barbadensis
Species: Over 400 known
Type: Succulent Plant
Known For: alternative herbal medicine
Historically: Usage dates back to the first century AD
Usage: Aloe Vera has been used to promote healing and health for years. The inside juice and meat can be used both internally, externally and in cleaning.
Historically Aloe has been used to fight everything from digestive problems to bacterial and viral infections. Adding aloe to your daily life will show positive results in your health and environment.
Got a sunburn? Place the inside or meat of the aloe vera leaves onto the burn area. It works on all sorts of burns. If you experience third-degree burns or the skin begins to infect see a medical doctor immediately.
Eating a teaspoon of the meat from the plant several times a week might aid in digestive health and immunity. Make sure you wash off the yellow color after you cut an aloe leaf. This yellow is sour and it’s a diuretic, aka will make you poop.
Aloe can be added to your soap, shakes, cleaning regiment and more.
Adding Aloe to your cleaning regiments adds antibacterial effects to your cleaning without adding chemicals. I’ve made a mixture of baking soda, lemon, and aloe to clean the bathrooms.
Growing and Sustainability
Planting and Watering:
You can start your Aloe from seeds, which I’ve never done. Or you can get an offshoot of a plant with roots and stick it in the dirt in a well-drained pot. Aloe roots run to the water. This means the roots can run deep or wide depending on the drainage of your pot. They can be planted indoors our outside. If you have cold winters where things freeze DO NOT leave them outside in freezing weather. They will freeze, defrost and ooze aka die.
When you first transplant your aloe water deeply. several times the first week. Then only water when needed or the soil is dry about 2 inches deep.
You don’t need to do anything, the plant will do it on its own.
Offshoots from the root of the plant will begin growing from the main plant without you do anything.
You can carefully pull the babies (2 to 3 arms) off the mother plant, then set them on a dry towel for a few days for them to callus over, before planting. The babies might not have roots but still transplant as directed above.
I personally like to wait until the baby aloes have 5 or more arms. Then I carefully pull the plant with some roots and transplant.
Depending on the size of your pot will depend on how large the baby aloe will get.
Do not over water the Aloe, especially babies for they can literally rot.
Each year the mother plant will send a shoot from the middle which has pretty flowers on it. This stem contains hundreds of Aloe seeds which can be planted to start more plants.
Once you have an aloe plant growing, you’ll never need to buy another plant.
I only have 1 of my original aloe plants left, which is several feet tall. However, I have sold and given Aloe Vera plants to people all over the United States. Including my brother who grows them in a greenhouse in Alaska. Yes, I wrapped 10 aloe plants in a damp cloth, put them in a container and shipped them to Alaska.
You can find small aloe plants to start
your aloe garden in many places. Check your local farmers market and garden shops for local aloe. Make sure whoever you buy your aloe from is using organic or clean dirt. Meaning the dirt hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides.
Not only will your new aloe plant give you good alternative health, but growing them in your home helps your air quality as well.