Αloe Vera is a very strong plant and you can plant it in a pot indoors easily. Aloe does not require special care and is planted quite often even in pots. The pots should have a diameter at least equal to half of the length of the Aloe Vera leaves.
This is very important for their growth. They shouldn’t be very close to each other. Aloe Vera loves the sun and the temperate climate while it does not withstand low temperatures and excessive humidity.
In winter and generally at low temperatures we must move it indoors and in a bright spot to protect it from the cold air. Preparing the soil for planting is very simple. All you have to do is to drain the soil by following its slope to avoid water accumulation during the longer rainfall period; otherwise, there is a risk of destroying the roots from too much water.
If Aloe Vera is in a pot, it is good to put a layer of pebbles so the water can drain perfectly. During the production cycle of the plant, the soil must be fertilized with fertilizers of low nitrogen, which may be dry manure or compost. The quantity must be two or three kilos per plant.
The fertilizer should be placed every month except in the winter months and it is very important not to come in direct contact with the root. Aloe blooms once or twice a year, in spring and summer and produces orange-yellow flowers in a bell shape.
When should I water Aloe Vera in a pot indoors?
It is best to water the plant with small amounts of water as often as you can. If the watering is done with large amounts of water and more rarely, the plant will be forced to search for the moisture needed in deeper soil layers, which will cause the plant to grow very slowly.
Furthermore, it is important to mention that excessive moisture creates a layer of white moldiness on the leaves of the plant and that might destroying its roots.
How to Cultivate Aloe At home
Aloe Vera is a plant with few requirements so you can easily cultivate this amazing plant at home. Be sure, however, if the outside temperature is below 13 degrees to keep it indoors.
It is important to know the age of the Aloe Vera plant. The reason is that if Aloe Vera is 3-4 years old, its therapeutic effect is maximal. Aloe grows slowly and needs light, air, and a little water.
When planting Aloe in a pot, you must put pebbles on the bottom of the pot, so the water dries and not to destroy the roots. Do not overfill it, but only when the soil has dried out.
If its leaves are thin and they break in the middle, it means that you don’t water it enough. Aloe is sensitive to chlorine, it can show brown spots; so whenever possible, sprinkle its leaves with bottled water.
Finally, when Aloe’s new seeds are a few centimeters high, cut them and plant them elsewhere, to avoid ingredients absorbing of the plant.
Aloe Vera in a Pot Indoors Benefits
The Aloe Vera gel contains over 75 known ingredients, the synergy of which leads to the enhancement of their action. Aloe Vera is a great source of vitamins, most notably B, C, E, and B-Carotene.
Aloe Vera in a pot indoors contains minerals and trace elements, mainly magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and selenium, and other amino acids, which are called “building blocks” of proteins. Aloe’s gel is also rich in saccharides, enzymes, sterols, anthraquinones (painkillers) and salicylic acid.