Are you growing your own aloe plant at home? If not, this is your chance to add an attractive ornamental succulent to your houseplant collection that offers tons of utility as well. In this article, I am going to show you how to grow aloe vera plants indoors.
Aloe vera plants are among the most useful plants you can grow in your home. The best time to plant an aloe vera plant indoors is spring. This means that it needs full sun and should be kept cool and moist. When planting an aloe vera indoors, take note that it doesn’t like drafts.
Growing your own aloe vera is an easy process. With a little time and effort, you can have some fresh gel available at a moment’s notice, free from all the dye and preservatives contained in store-bought products.
We spend a lot of time outdoors. To protect ourselves from the harsh rays of the sun, we must make sure that we put on the best protection available. Still, sometimes, we still manage to get sunburns. Research suggests that aloe vera gel can shorten the healing time for first- and second-degree sunburns by about eight days.
How Fast Does Aloe Vera Plant Grow indoors?
Aloe vera plant grows very fast if planted outdoors, but as a houseplant when you grow them indoors, they grow very slowly. To make your Aloe-Vera Plant grows faster, move your pot outside in summer. Or simply place it indoors on a south-facing window sill. The growth of the aloe vera plant depends on the sun. The more sun it gets, the faster it will grow.
Aloe Vera Propagation
Propagation is the easiest way to grow aloe. Aloe plants propagate via offsets that are also known as pups. Pups grow quickly and you can literally have a whole new plant growing in the ground in no time at all.
Another way of growing aloe vera plants is to grow them from seeds. But the process is long and somewhat more difficult than propagation by division.
Propagating Aloe From Pups
Aloe propagated from pups are clones of the parent plant that grow as an offset from the original plant’s roots or stem. Their nutrition and water supply depend on the parent plant until their own root system can fully support them.
Aloe vera typically starts to grow offsets after it’s about three years old. To get a new plant, you need to gather a few things: four-inch plastic containers, one for each offset, Cacti and succulent potting mix, and a small trowel to separate offset from the plant.
If you have a small potted plant, use a knife to loosen the root ball and then gently remove it from the pot. Remove as much potting soil as you can and then tease the offsets away from the mother plant, and place the pup in a small container with the other small plants. You should wait about three to four months before you transplant your seedlings into larger pots. New roots will appear at this point, and you can then transplant them into a larger pot.
How to Grow Aloe Vera
Planting and caring for your own aloe vera plant is easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. Be sure to grow it in a nice, sunny spot, and when you get your first bloom, you’ll have a beautiful houseplant.
Remember that plastic containers work fine, but terracotta is ideal because it has a porous clay material, which allows the soil to dry out a bit faster so that it doesn’t stay waterlogged. A heavier container can also help keep the heavy leaves from tipping the container over.
You should make sure that your container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom. If you’re planting your succulents in a terrarium you don’t want to over-water them. Also, avoid using potting mixes that are too moist.
Aloe plants are perfect for growing inside a house; they need bright, sunny conditions. A window with southern or western exposure is the best spot for them.
During the warm, sunny days in the summer, plants that are getting too much direct sun will develop dark and dingy-looking patches on their leaves. These dark patches are a signal that the plant needs more light.
They may appear somewhat “leggy” and elongated as they try to stretch towards the light source. These plants enjoy temperatures that remain between 55 and 80°F, and during the summer months, you can take the container outside – but remember to bring it inside if the temperature is forecast to drop below 50°F.
Water your aloe vera plant once a week. If the top two inches of soil feels dry, water deeply to the potting medium. For the best results, water your plant deeply once a week. In winter you can allow the potting mix to dry up to 3 inches, then water the plant at the base on the surface of potting mix.
Add fertilizer to the soil around the root system of your plants every two months or so during the growing season, typically from April to September.
Plants grow in the autumn, but if you repot them in spring, they’ll be more ready to be transferred to their permanent location. Every two to three years, you may need to repot a plant, particularly if it’s getting top-heavy. It’s rewarding because you’ll have extra plants.
You can repot the small aloe vera plants in another container and either give them as a gift to your friends or expand your own aloe vera collection.
Aloe Vera Care as a Houseplant
If you are living in a place where the climate is usually cold then you must grow aloe vera plants indoors. During winter the plant needs care and protection.
When growing indoors, choose a location so that the plant can get light for faster growth. On cold days the plant doesn’t need as much care as needed in spring and summer.
While planting Aloe-Vera plants indoors, you can put them outside in sunlight so that they can prosper and grow well. Make sure to bring the container or pot back into the house before fall or winter.
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