The Right Way to Care for Aloe Vera Plants
Aloe Vera plants are a beautiful and useful plant in many cultures. They are said to even retain healing characteristics. A popular drink in Korea uses the aloe vera plant to add a unique texture and taste. You may also recall that aloe vera plants are combined in lotions to soothe sunburns. Whatever you use your aloe vera plant for, it is important to understand how to properly care for the plant.
The Aloe Vera plant is not as hard to care for as other plants such as celery or cauliflower. One can even grow the plant outdoors or indoors. Plants need light to grow, but the Aloe Vera plant does best in indirect light. In severe sunlight the leaves can turn from a green to brown. Don’t worry about giving your plant some sunlight, but too much sunlight for too long can damage the leaves. A good way to tell how much light your plant needs is by looking at the leaves. If the leaves are laying in a flat position (not upwards) it means that they are not getting enough light.
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You don’t need to water your Aloe Vera plant very often. Every two weeks or so should be fine, after the soil dries out. Keep in mind that the seasons will determine how often you water. In the winter you won’t be needing as much water as in the summer. Remember that one of the biggest reasons Aloe Vera plants struggle to grow is due to overwatering. Draining the water is important as well. If you have a pot that does not drain, this can damage the roots. In order to tell if your plant is getting too much or too little water, look at the leaves. Thin and curled leaves will indicate that you probably are under-watering. The leaves should be thick, pointed upwards, and generally straight.
The Aloe Vera plant is relatively easy to care for with a few basic considerations. Make sure to give it some sunlight, water it sparingly, and watch the leaves for signs of trouble.
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