Aloe Vera is an important medicinal plant that you can easily grow indoors. Having an indoor aloe vera plant is equivalent to stashing a medicine with a broad-spectrum of use in your house. The sap of this plant can be used for healing wounds, burns, skin rashes and itching. In addition, aloe vera is a great moisturizer, which can help to keep your skin soft and supple.
Planting aloe vera
To grow an aloe vera plant indoors, you must first select the right pot for your plant. Select a container that matches the dÃ©cor of your room. It is preferable to choose a clay container to plant your aloe vera. To facilitate drainage, ensure that holes are present at the bottom of the pot. To allow your aloe vera plant to attain full size, you should plant it in a large pot, at least 18 inches in diameter.
Aloe vera needs good quality soil. This plant needs fast draining soil. To facilitate the draining process you can add small rocks or pebbles in the soil. You can buy soil appropriate for growing aloe vera from a nursery.
Now select an aloe vera plant from a nursery and fix it to the soil. You can also use small offshoots from a mature aloe vera plant and plant it in the pot soil.
Care for aloe vera
You need not spend too much time caring for your aloe vera plant. Aloe vera plant should be watered at least once a week. If you notice that the soil is dry, immediately water the plant. Although you should moisten the soil properly, but there should be no water logging. During the winter, aloe vera plants need less watering. You can water your aloe vera plant once every fortnight, in the winter. Aloe vera is a tropical plant. It needs adequate warmth and sunlight.
During the summer, you can bring your potted aloe vera outdoor for a few hours to give it enough sunlight. However, excess direct sunlight could be harmful for the plant. Inside your house, keep the aloe vera plant closer to the windows. Temperature below 4-degree Celsius might be harmful for your aloe vera plant. This plant should also be kept away from rain and frost. Once a month, use compost for fertilizing the plant.
Aloe vera seldom blossoms indoors. After the plant matures, it will start producing offshoots or pups that produce more aloe vera plants.