Caring For An Aloe Plant Caring For An Aloe Plant

Caring for an aloe plant is very easy, and the plant can provide many benefits. Apply aloe vera leaves directly to a cut, burn or other skin irritation to soothe the wound and speed up healing time.

To ensure that your aloe plant lasts a long time, give it proper care. Read on to learn about basic cultivation and maintenance.

Use a Cactus Soil

Like cactuses, aloe plants naturally grow in dry desert-like climates. For this reason, it is best to plant your aloe in a cactus soil mix.

If you can not use cactus soil, substitute another type of loose soil, like potting soil mixed with some sand.

Planting in a Pot

This type of plant does not need a lot of room to thrive, so plant your aloe in a smaller pot. If the plant grows too large for your container you can always remove part of it and replant it in another pot.

Provide Enough Sun

Move your aloe plant to a place where it will get direct sunlight. If you plan to keep it outdoors, put it in a spot where it will receive some shade during the hottest part of the day. Also, remember to bring it in when the weather turns colder or during cool nights.

If your plant will stay indoors, you can position it near a window under direct sunlight.

Don't Overwater

Water the aloe plant a couple times during the month. It is already composed of roughly 95 percent water, so it does not need much more.  An appropriate amount is 1 to 2 cups of water every 2 to 4 weeks.

Make sure to you let the soil really dry out before watering the plant. During colder winter months, you can water the aloe plant even less often than normal.

Fertilize

For optimum growth, fertilize your aloe plant every spring. Use a fertilizer that is high in phosphate.

Experiment

There are many different types of aloe plants, each with different preferences.  While most aloe plants do not need a lot of water, some may need a bigger pot when planted because they tend to grow faster than others. Some aloe plants may need to be fertilized more often than other types as well, so it is usually best to try things out and experiment with the plant to see what works best.

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