Aloe vera - Plant
Description for Aloe vera
Aloe vera is the scientific name of a plant which lives more than 3 years. It is a succulent and store water and food in the modified stem. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white spots on stem surfaces.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Aloe, Ghrita-kumari, Korphad||Yellow||Summer||Up to 3 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
It can be planted outdoor as well as indoor. Plant in bright, sunny location in a well-drainage pot. Do not plough so much deep as the leaves may get infection from the soil. Cover the root ball when planting but do not let the leaves touch the soil.
You can make the perfect soil by mixing perlite, sand, and regular potting soil.A south facing window would be an ideal spot for an indoor Aloe plant. You can propagate it by the division or stem cutting.
|Full sun to partial shade||Well-drained, sandy potting soil||Less than medium||16 to 35 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Aloe vera
- Use porous and well drainage pots as they provide good drainage.
- Avoid to keep in harsh hot sun and damp soil.
- Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch.
- Feed once and a while during their active growing season.
- Reduce watering in the winter as it goes in dormant condition.
- The crowded plant should be divided and re-potted to promote healthy growth.
Harvest the leaf when it grows well and looks fleshy
Typical uses of Aloe vera
Special features: Medicinal properties and low care plant
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: Aloe vera has been widely grown as an ornamental plant.
Medicinal use: Aloe vera is used in the traditional medicine. It has been used for a variety of ailments.
Note: Please consult your health expert first before applying externally and internally.
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Aloe Vera gel is used in burns, it is used in beauty products, medicinal uses
It has several benefits like it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, helps in sunburn, mouth ulcers, reduces dental plaque, reduces constipation, lowers blood sugar level in diabeties.