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Aloe Vera plant care is important when it comes to watering. Often, these succulent plants require very little water (after all they contain 99% water!).

Aloe Vera Plant Care Watering Schedule

In order for your aloe vera plant to maintain its moisture levels and be able to heal those wounds of yours, it is important to water the aloe once every 4 to 5 days. Also, don’t water the plant from below (if you have a tray below), but from the top as aloe plants roots grown sideways first, rather than deep down. With baby aloe plants, I highly recommend watering them from the topsoil.

Want to Learn More:

If you liked this post, you will enjoy my more detailed post and video on taking care of both indoor and outdoor aloe vera plants.

  • Indoors versus outdoors ideal locations
  • Feeding Aloe Vera
  • Repotting
  • Replanting baby shoots
  • Watering
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Gardening Gear

Check out this great clip on how great aloe vera can be when digesting it.

Try this great aloe vera juice I love:

 

Why Care For An Aloe Vera Plant? Simple, Aloe Can Do Miracles For Your Health

 Did you know?

  •  Aloe Vera leaf is just 0.5 – 1.5% solid, with an average pH value of 4.55!
  •  Aloe Vera is in the same family as Lilies and Onions!
  •  Aloe Vera contains over 75 different nutrients and vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.
  • Aloe Vera contains 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body for good health. The human body however produces only 12 of these. Then 8 outstanding amino acids (also known as “essential” amino acids) have to be consumed as food or drink.

 

Why Drink Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera contains 12 anthraquinones.   These 12 Phenolic compounds are found exclusively in the sap of the Aloe Vera plant. In small quantities, when they do not exert their purgative effect, they aid absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and have anti-microbial and pain killing effects.   Anthraquinones also provide anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral activity. In high concentrations on their own they can be toxic, but they are not toxic within the complex environment of the Aloe Vera plant.

 

Helps Break Down Food and Aid in Digestion

Aloe Vera contains 8 enzymes.  These enzymes contained in Aloe Vera help the breakdown of food sugars and fats aiding digestion and enhancing nutrient absorption.  One enzyme in particular, kinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically and therefore reduces pain, whereas others help digest any dead tissues in wounds. Lipases and proteases which break down foods and aid digestion are also present.

 

Aloe Vera Health Benefits – Minerals

Several different minerals have been found in Aloe Vera, following are the 10 most important ones:

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

These minerals are essential for good health and are known to work in synergistic combinations with each other, vitamins and other trace elements

Aloe Vera is Great for Your Skin

Aloe Vera contains Salicylic Acid which is an Aspirin like compound that works as a pain killer. It possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.    Saponins which are Glycosides form about 3% of what’s in Aloe Vera gel. They are soapy substances which provide cleansing and antiseptic activity.    They act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.

 

Aloe Vera Plant Care

Aug 23, 2013

We all love our aloe vera plants, but so many of us our confused as to how to care for them.

This video will address common questions with regards to “aloe vera plant care”, such as:

  • Indoors versus outdoors ideal locations
  • Feeding Aloe Vera
  • Repotting
  • Replanting baby shoots
  • Watering
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Gardening Gear

 

Aloe Vera Plant Care Tips:

  • Water once every two weeks
  • Aloe Vera can survive through drought – very hearty
  • Only water when soil is completely dry
  • Aloe Vera consists of almost 100% water so they don’t need
  • Aloe Vera needs LOTS of sunlight – experimenting is ok (100% exposure is best for indoors)
  • Outdoor aloe vera plants often thrive when they are not 100% exposed to direct sunlight, so putting them under a bigger tree that blocks about 60% of the direct sunlight is ok.
  • Indoor Plants often thrive the best when placed in front of a window that faces the East or West
  • If leaves of the aloe vera plant turn brown or orange with spots, this is an indicator that the plant isn’t thriving well in direct sunlight. In this case, try putting the plant in the shade for a few days with lots of water so it can replenish itself

Aloe Vera Plant Care – Plotting

  • Always use drainage pots
  • Terracota drainage pots are ideal because they allow for additional drainage
  • The pot doesn’t have to be deep because aloe vera plants roots spread outward not downward
  • Use a pot that is wider than it is deep
  • Want soil to have perlite, pumice and sand – this can be found at any nursery

Aloe Vera Plant Care – Replanting Shoots

  • Healthy aloe vera plants sprout new shoots quickly
  • It is time to repot when the sprouts are 3 inches in height
  • Avoid repotting shoots beyond 3 inches tall because at this point the aloe plants starts sapping energy from their mother
  • If the mother’s aloe leaves start growing horizontally she is DISTRESSED and needs your urgent response
  • Water immediately after replanting them
  • Want soil to have perlite, pumice and sand – this can be found at any nursery, garden story or even grocery store

Optional Feeding Options For Outdoor Aloe Plants:

  • Aloe Vera plants like organic matter such as carrot skins, or a remaining pith from a juicer

Optional Feeding Options For Indoor Aloe Plants:

  • Aloe Vera indoor plants can be fed worm castings or kelp fertilizers

 

Hope you enjoyed these great tips for optimal Aloe Vera Plant Care.

 

Aloe Vera Plant Care

Aug 23, 2013

Aloe Vera Plant Care

Growing Tips


Growing aloe vera plants works best providing full sun, a warm climate, good drainage and sand or gravel mixed with compost as the growing material. Use aloe vera plants to heal wounds and burns with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

Key points to remember:

– Aloe Vera is in the same family as Lilies and Onions…who would have known?

– Aloe Vera are very hearty so it is ok to put them in direct sunlight

– They like aeration, so make sure the pot has a lot of drainage holes in the bottom

– Great Tip is to add stones or wood chips within plant to help with aeration of soil