Aloe vera thrives as an indoor houseplant and requires little upkeep. The plant’s gorgeous long, thick, blue-green leaves provide calming qualities in addition to being beautiful. Keeping indoor aloe vera plants is like growing a component of your own DIY first aid kit because the gel from aloe vera leaves is a well-known treatment for sunburns and cold sores.
Aloe vera is a resilient plant that requires the right circumstances to flourish: a potting mix with good drainage. Since aloe vera plants prefer drier conditions, they must be placed in potting soil that drains properly. Unabsorbed water can cause withering and root ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ. Use a potting mixture suggested for succulents or cacti, which should have a blend of draining components like perlite, sand, and lava rock.
Bright, indirect light. Aloe vera plants should not be grown in dimly lit locations or in direct sunlight. Put aloe vera ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to a window or on a shelf in the kitchen if there is a lot of filtered or indirect light. Installing aloe vera near a grow lamp is another option if your home doesn’t receive enough natural light.
Infrequent watering. Overwatering is the most frequent reason for indoor aloe vera plants to die since their roots need dry conditions to grow. Every two weeks, give the plant a full, deep watering.
Warm temperatures. Aloe vera plants can become harmed by excessive cold and heat. Between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is warm enough for most households, is ideal for these plants to grow. In warmer climates, aloe vera plants can survive the full year outside in the partial shade. If you live in a chilly region with warm summers, keep your aloe vera plants on your porch, but bring them inside before the winters turn colder.
Harvest aloe vera
Choose thick leaves from the plant’s outer portions and remove 3–4 at a time. Verify that the leaves are healthy and mold-free. Trim them just above the stem. At the base of the leaves are where you’ll find most of the healthy nutrients.
Avoid the roots. Wash and dry the leaves. Knife-cut the jagged edges off. Separate the leaf’s internal gel from the exterior using a knife or your fingertips. The component of the aloe you’ll use is the inner gel. Permit the leaf’s golden sap to drain. Aloe vera latex is used here. This can be contained if you intend to utilize latex. You can get rid of the latex if you don’t intend to utilize it. Slice or cut the aloe gel into cubes. After separating the aloe from the outer leaf portion, you can combine the aloe in a blender and then sift the mixture to get smooth aloe gel.
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