Plant of the Month

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Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera is a succulent that grows wild in tropical climates and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. It has long been grown successfully indoors in colder climates. An ancient, natural remedy for burns and skin irrationals, aloe is found in many consumer products, including beverages, skin lotions, cosmetics, and topical ointments. 

How to Care for Aloe Vera

  • Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light.
  • Plants do best in temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C).
    From May to September, plants can be moved outdoors without any problems, but should be brought back inside in the evening if nights are cold.
  • Water deeply, but infrequently. To discourage rot, allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings. Don’t let your plant sit in water.
  • Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter. Use your finger to test dryness before watering. If the potting mix stays wet, the plants’ roots can begin to rot.
  • Fertilize sparingly (no more than once a month), and only in the spring and summer with a balanced houseplant formula mixed at ½ strength.