Aloe Vera Care Made Easy
Aloe Vera is an herb that is very popular for its various health benefits as a multi-purpose medicinal plant with many beneficial properties. It can be used to treat skin ailments, cuts and eczema. It is reputed to be great for treating many digestive problems from constipation to heartburn, and is one of the most effective natural remedies for treating acid reflux. Aloe Vera is grown commercially in parts of the southern United States, the Caribbean and across Mexico for its many beneficial uses, hidden inside the succulent leaves.
Caring for this native African plant is quite simple. It is a The Aloe Plant Care succulent non-flowering plant that does well in sandy well-draining soil. Since it is a succulent the soil should be allowed to dry out for a few days in-between watering. The plant stores water in its fleshy leaves so if the soil is kept too moist, the plant can suffer from over watering and experience plant rot.
The watering frequency of your Aloe Vera plant will need to be adjusted for the seasons. The plant will need less watering in the winter and a good soaking periodically during the summer. Using distilled water or a very light compost tea is preferred over chlorinated tap water which can cause browning of the tips.
Your Aloe Vera plant should be protected from harsh sunlight. If it is over-exposed to direct sunlight the leaves may turn brown, so indirect light is best. Protecting the plant from frost is important. It cannot tolerate freezing temperatures so if grown outside it needs to be covered or transplanted inside during the winter. Aloe Vera is a favorite houseplant of mine and is my go-to remedy for many skin irritations. It is also known for its important role in improving indoor air quality by filtering and removing some common and harmful household pollutants.