Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe is a variety of succulent characterized by long fleshy leaves that fan out from a single short stem and create a spiked look. A popular houseplant, Aloe is a great decor piece and a pretty first aid kit. Uses for Aloe include sunburn relief, cold sore soothing and relief from skin irritation.  They can be kept healthy by following these rules:

  1. Water thoroughly but not often. Once or twice a month will do depending on weather. Make sure you have a planter that drains very well. 
  2. They need bright indirect light. 
  3. Keep them warm. They prefer to stay inside and away from window sills in the colder months.
  4. For maximum health consider keeping them in terra-cotta planters for great moisture absorption.

The best part about aloe plants is... they produce PUPS! Pups are small clones of the mother plant that can be easily separated and re-potted creating new plants. When you separate your pups, be sure to cut enough stem (about an inch) with it so that it can be replanted. Also, do not immediately place your new babies in soil. Sit them out for a few days to form a callous over the cut section. 

Psst... These are great for topical use. Pretty please do not eat or feed to your pet.