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(Syn. Aloe Barbadensis Mill., Family - Liliaceae)
This large family of succulent has around 4oo hundred varieties and the most popular is Aloe Vera. This native plant from the northern parts of Africa has been a part of ancient medicinal remedies and traditions in many cultures around the world. Caring and cultivating this plant is pain-free and the benefits are numerous, both these qualities made this plant popular and spread across the world rapidly. Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed succulent that grows up to 40 inches depending on the species. This plant also grows very successfully indoors, with minimal care which makes this plant as one of the best indoor plants.
The thick fleshy leaves contain a clear mucilaginous gel, used to cure a variety of diseases. The oral or internal use of this tasteless and odorless gel have well-known benefits. Aloe Vera has an endless list of benefits, starting from its use in the skin care and cosmetic industry to healing sunburns, itchy skin allergies and burn wounds. Internal usage helps the healing process of diabetes, hypertension, constipation, and a few gastrointestinal ailments.
Aloe Vera has very many distinctive and beautiful looking varieties and with these well-proven benefits, this plant makes an excellent choice for a gift or as an ornamental and healthy indoor plant and an easy to maintain outdoor plant.
- Water sparingly a small aloe vera, once in two weeks in winters and once in a week in summers thoroughly or wait for the potting mix to be thoroughly dry.
- In case of overwatering place the plant in a bright spot and do not water at all for a few weeks.
- A well-drained potting mix and pot are ideal for the healthy looking plant.
- Whenever possible place your plant outdoors in the afternoons in winter months and protect them from dipping temperatures.
- Do not re-pot it frequently.
- The root system grows vertical when buying a pot choose accordingly.
- To retain the dark green sheen of the plant show bright light but not an extremely hot sun.