Aloe vera plants are an excellent indoor plant. They are not only low maintenance, they also have healing properties and look great in any room. The inside of the plant can be used as a cut, scrape, burn reliever, and the plant itself is very resilient--thriving even in harsh drought conditions. The most important thing for the plant is sun, so make sure the aloe is in direct sunlight.
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Things you need
- Terracotta pot (with hole in the bottom)
- Potting mix
- Cacti mix
- 1 cup course sand
- 1 cup granite grit
- 1 cup perlite
- 1 young aloe vera plant (or a new shoot)
Use the spade to put the potting mix and cacti mix into the terracotta pot. Mix together two soils so they are combined. Fill the pot a little more than half way up. (If the pot does not have a drainage hole, add about one inch of gravel to the bottom.)
Add to the mixes the sand, granite grit and perlite. These will help with water drainage.
Take the young plant and place it into the soil. Cover the thin stem with the remaining potting and cacti mixes.
Water the plant with one to two cups of water. The plant is made up of 95 percent water, so do not over-hydrate. Make sure the soil is dry before watering; if not, the plant could drown.
Place the potted aloe vera in a window that gets direct sunlight; this will increase its growth.
Tips and warnings
- Purchase an aloe plant at a more mature stage in its life cycle (a local nursery worker can help with picking out an older plant) because the aloe itself will be more potent. The younger the aloe plant, the less potent the aloe will be. If starting an aloe plant as a seed, it can take a few years until the aloe will be potent enough to use.
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