Get ready for warmer days with the miraculous medicinal plant, Aloe Vera! Widely used to relieve sunburns, help heal wounds, and hydrate skin.
Common Names: Aloe, Medicinal Aloe, Medicine Plant, True Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant, Barbados Aloe, Chinese Aloe
Origin: Tropical and Southern Africa
Light: Full sun
Foot Candles: 250+
Water: When completely dry
Humidity: Not required
Soil: Cactus mix
Container: Wide planter with drainage
Nutrients: 10-5-5 Monthly in Spring & Summer
Propagation: Seed or removal of offsets
Interiorscape Use: Desktop, Desert-themed atrium
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root rot when overwatered. Leaves may break inside causing a drooping look.
Comments: The gel inside the leaves has many uses. The plant creates this gel to help it store water during droughts. Humans use this gel to remedy burns, moisturize skin, and counter acne. It is also used in desserts, yogurts, and beverages. Aloe rarely flowers indoors, but when grown outdoors the attractive flower stalk is an added benefit to this already versatile plant.