How to care for an aloe vera plant

The benefits of aloe vera have been revered throughout time. It is known that the Egyptians used this plant more than 6,000 years ago to calm inflammation and pain. In fact, they considered it the plant of eternity. Later, both the Greeks and the Romans inherited that love for it and used it to treat wounds, gastrointestinal complaints and even burns.

Moreover, even Christopher Columbus considered it key when he went to sea, since he used it to heal sailors’ wounds who traveled aboard the ships. Therefore, it is not only good to know its benefits, it is also convenient to know what the cares what must be given so that the plant of eternity last as long as possible.

Aloe vera care

The first thing that must be taken into account when caring for aloe vera is the type of plant it is. We are talking about a shrub with serrated leaves which is able to withstand medium-high temperatures since it is typical of temperate and tropical zones. Of course, although the popular belief is that it is a type of cactus, it is not like that, but it belongs to the family of “succulent plants”, that is, those that store a large amount of water inside (in this case in the form of the well-known gel that its leaves harbor). As for the advice to take care of aloe vera, you must follow the following:

  • The pot should be wide and shallow. If it is very small it can cause the roots not to grow and if it is too heavy, it could hinder its movement in case we want to place it in different places depending on the time of year and the temperature.
  • The land where it is planted must drain the water well.
Aloe vera
  • If possible, it is advisable to add a little compost not absorbent.
  • The aloe situation must also be taken care of. It is best if you put yourself in a place where you can longest possible sun time. In this sense, it can be located both indoors and outdoors. Of course, if you have it outside, you have to take care when temperatures drop a lot or when they get too high and the sun hits it directly for too many hours.
  • The moment of watering the plant is also a key element to take care of it in a correct way. Generally it will be enough to water it once a week when temperatures rise or once a month if there is humidity and it is cold, with what more or less every 15 days will be enough. To check if it needs water, you just have to make sure that the soil is completely dry. Then pour the water over it, but don’t water the pot. Keep in mind that if you water it too much you can cause it to rot. In that case the roots will stop doing their job and you will notice that the leaves lose their strength, almost falling off. Another way to tell that the plant requires water is by observing if the leaves begin to wrinkle at the ends. In that case, add water because the aloe is “asking” for it.
  • Other care that is necessary if you want your plant to last a long time is by adding fertilizer at least once a year, since the soil ends up becoming very poor.
Aloe Vera (bigstock)

Leaves

If you are going to plant more than one aloe vera, it is best to do it in the same flowerbed if you have the possibility to do so, since they grow better in a group. On the contrary, if you have the plant in a pot and you see that some small new leaves have sprung up in the ground, transplant them elsewhere so that they do not disturb the roots of the “mother” plant.

And going fully to the use of the leaves (its interior) both for a cosmetic use (skin care) As a digestive, when cutting a leaf, do it close to the stem. And only when you have taken full advantage of the same shortcut, because in the wait between one use and another, they can spoil, something that is not worth it because we are talking about a little treasure that nature gives us.

Aloe vera

Finally, it should be remembered, among many others, what are the main benefits that we have been mentioning throughout the article:

  • Improves digestion.
  • Regulates intestinal transit thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it is also usually ingested for hemorrhoid treatment.
  • Act like laxative when constipation occurs.
  • Helps the kidneys and liver in their detoxifying function.
  • Improves the immune system.
  • It contains numerous proteins, vitamins and minerals.
  • Prevents acne.
  • Help them appear less wrinkles.
  • Prevents hair loss.
  • It is a perfect agent for heal wounds.
  • Reduces inflammation from sprains.